Veterans to Farmers gives Colorado vets a way to put down new roots

9NEWS at 6 p.m. 11/29/16.

Life for the veterans who return home isn't always idyllic, but some of our neighbors are committed to helping them put down new roots.

In Denver's Park Hill neighborhood, a non-profit called Veterans to Farmers is offering that.

Veterans are paid for their time, as they learn about agriculture and business. The program does not offer therapy, but participants inevitably end up finding a sense of purpose, and a feeling of family with each other, which may have been lost in returning to home.

"That instant brotherhood, it really -- I don't think I realized how much it was missing until I had it again," said Scott Cameron. He's from Australia, but moved to the United States to serve after he saw the 9/11 attack. He's been away for 11 years, after stints in South Korea and Georgia. His goal is to learn about food production and turn into a new life.

"Farming, there's something about it. You ask any gardener, you just got to keep doing it. It's a reason to get out of bed in the morning," he says.

Men and women are welcomed at VTF. According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, 3.5 percent of Colorado's veterans are unemployed. More than 1,000 veterans have already asked to participate. Anyone who's interested can apply here.

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