Description: Working within a framework of narratology (narrative theory), this study is a gathering and analysis of 67 letters of veterans as they concluded their participation in a therapeutic fly-fishing program.
Promoting, Improving, and Advocating Evidence-Based Recreation Services for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and their Families
Description: This article is the original outline of the R4 Alliance concept. It speaks to the need for collaboration across the veterans non-profit industry to improve services for Our Military Family.
Description: An overview of typical treatment options for injured service members, the foundations surrounding nature-based programming, reviews existing literature on the use of nature with veterans, and offers a model for nature-based RT interventions. Year Published: 2016 http://r4alliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/C-Nature-Based-Recreational-Therapy-for-Military-Service-Members.pdf
Description: This paper studies the practices of Team Red White and Blue, presents the underlying psychological, biological, and social theories that support Team RWB as an evidence-based, community health intervention, and provides the results of their program evaluation process.
This narrative inquiry explored the community reintegration experiences of ill, injured, and disabled U.S. servicemen and women that served in the global war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. More specifically, the service member’s experiences and perspectives around engagement in adventure-based activities, the supportive communities that manifest around those activities, and the role or value of that experience in the reintegration process.
National Veterans Heath and Wellness Center – Veteran Couples/family Integrative Intensive Retreat Model: An Intervention for Military Veterans and Their Relational Partner
Description:This article explores an evidence based couples/family retreat model designed to assist service members and their partners overcome trauma associated with deployment.
Investigation of the Impact of Sports, Exercise, and Recreation Participation on Psychosocial Outcomes in a Population of Veterans with Disabilities
Description:The aim of this study was to investigate possible effects that participation in sports, exercise, and recreation may have on self-esteem and quality-of-life in service members/veterans with disabilities. Year Published: 2015 http://r4alliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/C-Investigation-of-the-Impact-of-Sports-Exercise-and-Recreation-Participation-on-Psychosocial-Outcomes-in-a-Population-of-Veterans-with-Disabilities.pdf
Higher Ground – Outcomes of Participation in Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation for Injured Service Members
Description: This study examined the benefits of the Higher Ground - Therapeutic Recreation Model for veterans and their spouses. Superficially it measures severity of PTSD, rates of Post-Traumatic Growth, martial satisfaction, and coherence.
Description: This article offers the use of outdoor pursuits as a complementary therapy to resolve prolonged symptoms of PTSD.
Description: As part of a larger mixed-methods research project investigating the influence of contextual factors on community reintegration (CR), this qualitative study sought to understand the subjective experiences of injured servicemembers and their perception of how contextual factors influenced their CR. More specifically, this article addresses how the influences of contextual factors differ between injured servicemembers [...]