In 2022, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the Task Force on Outdoor Recreation for Veterans, co-led by the VA, Department of Interior, and other federal agencies. The task force is developing a nationwide plan to connect veterans with the outdoors. SCMO is organizing a series of listening sessions and an online survey to collect information, feedback, and ideas directly from veterans as well as active-duty servicemembers to share with the task force to ensure that the plan being developed addresses the actual needs of military members both current and former.
How to get involved
1. Stay in the loop
Sign up for Sierra Club Military Outdoors updates here!
2. Are you a veteran? Take our survey!
Fill out our online survey to help us gather needed information for our report.
3. Attend a listening session
We are hosting listening sessions in numerous locations around the country. For each listening session, we are working with local veteran-focused organizations and connecting with the local veteran and military community. Our goal is to inspire veterans and servicemembers from underrepresented and underserved communities to participate in positive and productive discussions, and to bring expertise, ideas, and examples that will inform federal, state, and local policy initiatives in addressing inequitable access for veterans and servicemembers to nature and its benefits.
More listening sessions are planned for Minnesota and Michigan in 2024. Check back here for RSVP links!