Wilderness vets

 

In May of 1966, I returned from a combat tour in Southeast Asia. It was a return full of challenges (“Wilderness as therapist,” HCN, 2/16/15). For two years, I had been surrounded by the noise and smell of war and had been trying to survive day to day. How was I going to cope? I needed to find a place where quiet and solitude dominated. West of Fort Collins, Colorado, a newly minted wilderness area was legislated into existence by the 1964 Wilderness Act — the Rawah Wilderness, named for the Ute word for abundant. For two weeks that summer, I found peace and solitude in abundance in the Rawah. The therapeutic value of wilderness is priceless.


Martin Sorensen
Lakewood, Colorado