Iraq War Veteran Finds Healing In The BWCA

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When Erik Packard returned from duty in Iraq, he suffered from PTSD and attempted suicide in 2012. After struggling for years, Erik experienced the healing powers of wilderness during a trip in the Boundary Waters.

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Erik Packard

Follow Packard and Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters on a journey into the Boundary Waters for Erik’s first grouse hunt.

Packard is the creator of the Save the BWCA Veterans Group and wants to use his story to help inspire others to discover the healing power of nature and to speak up to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed sufide-ore copper mining. Act now at:

Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.