Farm offers therapy for soldiers
Eric Grandon shows off his vanity plate in the field where he tried to grow his first crop of sorghum. Farming helps Grandon cope with the after-effects of his wartime experiences.
Army veteran Eric Grandon, 47, climbs onto his tractor outside of his Clay County home. Grandon's anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder keep him from working in society but he seems to have found his niche in farming.
Eric Grandon says there were days before he began farming where all he could do was to stare out at his land. He has benefited from a state program that helps wounded veterans become farmers and agribusiness leaders.
James McCormick, owner of Raising Cane Farms in Mason County, is a retired wounded veteran who served in two combat tours with the U.S. Army. His mission is to work with veterans who are returning from combat by providing them a place to work and relax with a team of other veterans.
"This project is not a hands out to veterans -- it's a hands up," said Bob Tabb, senior manager for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.