Getting Outside to Heal Inside

September 10, 2014 8:40 PM

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Getting Outside to Heal Inside

There are many reasons why President Obama should protect Greater Canyonlands -- the stunning 1.8 million acres of public land surrounding Canyonlands National Park in Utah -- as a national monument. It is a place of incredible beauty. It is rich with rock art, cliff dwellings, stone ruins and artifacts from ancient peoples. It has some of the most amazing hiking, rafting, climbing and camping in the world.

But there is yet another reason the President should act: This wild landscape is a vital sanctuary for the health and healing of body, mind and spirit. I know. Spending time with fellow veterans in Greater Canyonlands and other wild places saved my life and is helping to save the lives of many of my...

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