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Camino Podcast Episode 32 - Veterans on the Camino

Dave

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 2002; most recent: Norte/Primitivo 2019
Soldiers are hardly a new phenomenon on the Camino de Santiago; indeed, the pilgrimage originated hand in glove with the military initiative to reconquer the Iberian peninsula from the Moors. Today, though, a new movement is taking place to bring more veterans to pilgrimage, as a potential rite of passage to mark their re-entry into civilian life. Brad Genereux has been a key catalyst in this work, taking his own experience--which he wrote about in A Soldier to Santiago--and extending it outward to others through his organization, Veterans on the Camino. Dan Huvane, a US marine, was part of a 2018 cohort that Brad led. The potential of this is also the stuff of research, with Dr. Heather Warfield at the forefront of that work. This episode features Brad, Dan, and Heather, talking about their experiences and the impact of pilgrimage on veterans.

https://soundcloud.com/user-939742370%2Fepisode-32-veterans-on-the-camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
Camino(s) past & future
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
Thanks for sharing! I can see we actually had a thread related to it here in the forum at some point: https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/a-soldiers-camino-–-post-activity-report.50788/

@RefugeInsomniac - if you're still around, did anything spin out of your 2017 pilgrimage and report?
Yes, I remember that now. Back in 2011, I ran into an Irish Guards veteran of Iraq with whom I had a conversation over a glass of something admirable, and he spoke to me of how his walk had been helpful to him. A few years later I remember speaking with @RefugeInsomniac at the earlier stages of developing their project and it seemed to provide a useful exercise for the soldiers and veterans involved.
 

J Willhaus

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 CF;
Hospitalera, Zamora 2017, Hospitalera Grañón 2018, Hospitalera Estella 2019
Hi Dave,
I am on semester break from my university teaching job with some time for Camino dreaming. I bought Brad's book and hope to get it delivered early next week. Both my husband and I are Veterans and we can see the healing nature pilgrimage brings.
Thanks again for restarting your podcasts. So much better listening than watching TV from the treadmill at the gym.
Janet
 


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