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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Canyon Heroes

Last year, Brent Grushecky, 58, of West Newton read a newspaper story about Canyon Heroes, a Ligonier group that sends veterans with physical and emotional issues on therapeutic rafting trips through the Grand Canyon.
A year later, Grushecky, who served as a military policeman in Germany during the Vietnam War, can testify to the transformational quality of the program.
In July, Canyon Heroes sponsored a weeklong white-water rafting journey down the Colorado River for 15 veterans. They served during various wars, but all have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Three counselors assisted the veterans through the recreational therapy.
“It made me feel like, my God, there are things out here in this world that are worth living for,” Grushecky said.

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