U.S. War Vets are doing some incredible work, helping to train and protect park rangers in Africa, through a program called VETPAW (Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife.)
It’s giving our Veterans a ‘job’ which is both necessary, and emotionally meaningful.
These guys are not only protecting endangered wildlife using their military training, but are also finding peace through saving both the park rangers, and the animals they are working hard to protect from poachers..
From the VETPAW site:
Nearly 100 elephants are slaughtered every day for their tusks. Without action, this iconic species, and others, will be gone from the wild within a decade.
But the poaching crisis affects all of us: the illegal ivory trade often funds terrorist organizations and their attacks.
The guys from VETPAW in action!
And they're not only catching poachers and protecting the rangers, but they're HELPING to rehabilitate the poachers, so in other words, they teach them new skills.
This program is called HEALS, and here's what they do:
HEALS will also augment VETPAW’s mission by offering those formerly engaged in poaching activities an alternative livelihood and reintegration into their communities.
Here's one of the 'not so little' reasons why these guys are doing what they do.. an adorable baby Rhino, orphaned after her mother was killed by poachers.
The man behind VETPAW.. he's just awesome if you ask me!