DNR Offering Outdoor Recreation for Mich. Veterans

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BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is teaming with sporting groups to boost outdoor recreation opportunities for veterans in Jackson and Washtenaw counties.

The program is called "Operation Freedom Outdoors." It will link outdoor programs at Sharonville State Game Area with Camp Liberty, a recreation center for veterans with disabilities. Camp Liberty can house veterans and their families as they enjoy recreation and learn about support and rehabilitation opportunities.

The DNR and its partners plan to offer hunting, fishing, target shooting, bird watching and other wildlife-related activities for veterans and others with health challenges.

Wildlife Division chief Russ Mason says natural resources provide unique therapeutic opportunities for injured veterans and others coping with "invisible wounds" such as brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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