|Jonathan Wardell served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne, 2005-2009, and left as a Sergeant. He served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. He is now a fish biologist at the Orangeburg National Fish hatchery in South Carolina. See more of our veterans.|
In his Second Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln spoke of a time when, although the Civil War still raged, the Union would be at peace.
Lincoln understood that among the moral imperatives arising out of the ashes of war was the obligation “to care for him who shall have borne the battle.”
This obligation has traditionally been taken to mean caring for wounded veterans and the widows and orphaned children of those killed in battle. But I believe that we have an additional obligation: To utilize all means at our disposal to help veterans heal their spiritual and emotional wounds.
For the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that means embracing veterans and helping them access the natural world and its restorative powers.