AgrAbility Helps Veterans with Agriculture Careers
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Purdue University is home to both the National AgrAbility Project and the Indiana AgrAbility Project, Breaking New Ground. These programs support farmers with a range of disabilities in entering and maintaining agricultural careers. Recently, the AgrAbility programs have played a role in helping veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and other disabilities either return to the farm or launch new agricultural careers. AgrAbility’s clients have a higher rate of full-time employment than the general population of persons with disabilities, and more than 17% of AgrAbility’s clients are veterans. Proponents say the program can help disabled veterans consider a career path that otherwise might have seemed closed to them.