Ag Commissioner Opens Second Camp to Serve Veterans with Operation Outdoor Freedom
An additional camp is added to the offerings of Operation Outdoor Freedom.
Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam announced the opening of another Operation Outdoor Freedom camp, which allows injured veterans to connect with nature. According to a press release on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) website, this is the second camp that will be used to providing outdoor, recreational opportunities for free to wounded veterans during Operation Outdoor Freedom events. Explore this development that is a testament to Florida’s ag industry, below.
Operation Outdoor Freedom’s Second Camp
The new camp is named “Peace River Camp,” and it’s located in Arcadia in the Peace River State Forest. It consists of a bunkhouse housing three rooms with 20 beds, a screened outdoor kitchen, dining room, fire pit, and a restroom facility.
It is the second camp of Operation Outdoor Freedom, which started in 2011 to give wounded veterans an opportunity to explore Florida’s Great Outdoors during special events. Since then, 3,368 veterans have participated in the program’s 438 outdoor activities. These events include camping, fishing, and hunting. Participants need to be 30 percent disabled or be purple heart recipients to be eligible.
Adam Putnam said in the release, “I want Florida to be the most veteran friendly state in the nation, and Operation Outdoor Freedom is one small way we can show our appreciation for the men and women who have given so much for our country. This is a permanent commitment from the State of Florida to the men and women who put it all on the line to make our liberties and our freedoms, that we so often take for granted, even possible.”
Support of Florida’s ag industry is support of programs like Operation Outdoor Freedom.
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