New AgrAbility video helps military veterans transition into ag careers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The National AgrAbility Project has released a new video explaining the therapeutic and economic benefits of agriculture for current and former members of the armed services and how veterans can successfully transition into careers in farming.

The video, called “The Next Mission: Breaking Down Barriers for Veterans in Agriculture” is posted on the AgrAbility YouTube channel at It was produced at Purdue and includes interviews with a number of military veterans across the country, discussing their experiences starting new careers in agriculture.

The theme of the video is based on the premise that military members are highly trained, self-disciplined and mission-oriented, characteristics that translate well into agricultural careers.

“There is significant evidence that raising crops and working with the soil can be a healing experience,” said Cindy Chastain, veteran outreach coordinator for the National AgrAbility Project. “Our goal with the video is to educate and inspire military members who are seeking ways to make a healthy and productive return to civilian life. We want them to know that agriculture is a viable option.”

Chastain said the video would be made available through university Extension offices throughout the country, including the 92 Purdue Extension county offices in Indiana. It will also be provided free of charge to veterans’ groups and professionals who work with military members.

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