Thanks to Tina Johansson at the News Sun for helping Freedom Farm get the word out.
John Ress is hoping to make the lives of veterans a little brighter with flowers.
Not just any flowers, but roses which will be grown and processed into bouquets on his newly opened Freedom Farm for Vets, 13155 W. Hart St.
“At the Freedom Farm we offer a stress-free environment, and we provide a place for vets to participate in farm activities whether they choose to or not,” said Ress who plans to begin planting roses in May.
A rose might simply be a rose to most folks, but for Ress it equals therapy for vets, many who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The plan is for families and individuals to donate a rose plant (preferably long-stemmed) in memory of a loved one who was a veteran.
Freedom Farm For Vets was profiled by the Lake County News Sun this week. Special thanks to Tina Johansson and photographer Thomas Delany Jr. for taking the time to share our story.
“The owner of a farm at 13155 W. Hart St., is seeking funds to transform the property into a rehabilitation haven for veterans.
John Ress of Trevor, Wis., president of Freedom Farm for Vets, said his idea for the program to help bring a stress-free environment where veterans can come, has been in the works for several years. He hopes to have his Freedom Farm open April 1.
Ress wants to focus on helping soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, inspired by what his grandfather John Balen, Sr. did for his own sons who went off to war, including his uncle, Mike, who served in two major battles during World War II and came home ‘shell-shocked,’ he said.”