Work Vessels’ Colleague Wins Citizens Medal

by John Stratton

President Barack Obama presents Citizens Medal to Veterans Farm founder Adam Burke.

President Barack Obama presents Citizens Medal to Veterans Farm founder Adam Burke.

The Noank-based Work Vessels for Vets has long supported a Jacksonville, Florida, veterans-support organization, Veterans Farm, and celebrates a national  honor with its founder.
At a White House ceremony on February 15, Veterans Farm founder Adam Burke received the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, the Citizens Medal.
“Work Vessels for Vets is honored to assist Adam and all the veterans he is mentoring on the three farms in Jacksonville, Florida.  We will continue to provide land, fencing, equipment, irrigation and support as needed to continue the expansion and assist Adam in any way,” says WVFV.
“We could not be more proud.”
Veterans Farm shares many goals with Noank’s WVFV. The farms “help disabled combat veterans reintegrate back into society through the use of horticulture therapy, while working together in a relaxed environment. Veterans work on teams to overcome physical and mental barriers..
In Connecticut, since its inception in the spring of 2008, WVFV has assisted some 500 veterans transition from military life to a civilian career by helping them receive the “Vessels” they require to enter a new career path.