In addition to taking care of wounded soldiers, the San Antonio Military Medical Center tends to a healing garden – a garden which actually helps heal the soldiers. This program from Central Texas Gardener includes a story that features the Warrior and Family Support System gardens at Fort Sam Houston.
“The purpose of it is to encourage warriors and their families, help them integrate back into society to a – I overuse the expression – but a whole new normal, because their lives are changed forever,” Judith Markelz, director of the Warrior and Family Support Center said.
Emotional, powerful, encouraging stories about a beautiful garden designed for healing warriors, including burn patients and patients with prosthetics. Typically, the warriors stay at the medical center for a long time.
Volunteers dedicate time to pruning roses, and local nurseries and gardeners add plants and materials to the healing garden.
“Everybody I invite to come here and take a tour, they are just blown away with what has been done for our wounded warriors, so they’re just willing to help out,” one volunteer said.