The morning sun burned through the last wisps of autumn fog and the promise of a new day unfolded with every curve on Runion’s Creek Road. I was on my way to meet Travis Coyle and Mark Lambert and learn about their Living Waters Farm Initiative, a space where veterans can congregate in the spirit of solidarity, hope, and healing. As I drove up the dirt path, the land was quiet; mountains loomed in the distance and trees displayed their fall flair. A couple of pot bellied pigs shared breakfast with some farm cats behind the house. Horses glistened in a neighboring pasture, and a white-tailed deer strode silently by.
Pulling up to the home at Living Waters Farm Initiative, a classic red and yellow toy car sat flipped on its head, with rolling waves of color-changing trees along the mountain almost close enough to brush your nose. The scene could belong to any family cozied up in the Valley foothills, but instead the 24-acre lot is a home away from home for healing veterans.