NOT FORGOTTEN OUTREACH FARM PROGRAM
Not Forgotten Outreach Farm; is a collaboration between the Albuquerque VA, Taos Land Trust, La Montanita Co-op, Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico State University County Extension Office, local farmers and Not Forgotten Outreach; to provide a program to Veterans and Gold Star Families to learn the basic skills and best practices for sustainable farming as a business or hobby and gain from its significant therapeutic and community benefits. Farming has a mission-driven focus, similar to the focus of the military – it is driven by the mission rather than the time clock.
Not Forgotten Outreach collaborates Ft. Bliss Survivor Outreach Services (http://www.blissmwr.com/sos/), National Guard Support Coordinator, New Mexico and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) (http://www.taps.org) to identify Survivors in need of assistance to participate in recreation and therapeutic activities in their hometowns. Not Forgotten Outreach is collaborating with TAPS to provide 40 Gold Star family members a 5-day retreat in Taos, New Mexico, November 2013. We are upholding the sacred trust we share with our Gold Star families and the fallen warriors we have laid to rest. Let us always remember that the blessings we enjoy as free people in a free society came at a dear cost. Let us hold the memories of our fallen close to our hearts
There are approximately 1,713 Disabled Veterans in New Mexico with approximately 2,993 Gold Star surviving families’ members in New Mexico (per DOD Office of the Actuary, May 2012).
Not Forgotten Outreach supports the VA’s “Mission ReDefined”
Your courage, your determination and your drive all led you to serve America proudly. Those same characteristics will also lead to satisfaction and success in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans who are physically active simply have more fun!
We want you to know that no matter your disability, age or skill level, an adaptive sports opportunity exists for you. But, besides the fun, new friendships and exercise, why should you consider adaptive sports? Studies show that adaptive sports provide the following clear benefits for disabled Veterans:
- less stress
- reduced dependency on pain and depression medication
- fewer secondary medical conditions (i.e., diabetes, hypertension)
- higher achievement in education and employment
- more independence
Participating in adaptive sports allows you to redefine yourself and live an active, healthy and fun lifestyle. Check out VA’s Adaptive Sports web page, click on the special event tab, to reveal each of VA events.