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Sierra Club Military History

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Service to our country has been part of the Sierra Club's legacy for more than 100 years. We've selected these photos and articles from the collection of our William E. Colby Memorial Library to celebrate and express gratitude for that service.


The Sierra Club's Military Family and Veterans Initiative helps military members and veterans enjoy the freedoms of the land they’ve defended. The program partners with military and conservation groups to provide service members, their spouses, and their kids with quality outdoor experiences.



Sierra Club's List of WWI Names
This list was published in the Sierra Club Bulletin in 1918.

The 10th Mountain Division
David Brower wrote about his World War II experience in December, 1946.

Sierra Club's List of WWII Names (pdf)
The Sierra Club Bulletin wrote, "It is undoubtedly not entirely accurate; time does not stand still long enough."

The Korean War
This list was published in the Sierra Club Bulletin in 1951.

Vietnam Defoliation
This fable, appearing in the Sierra Club Bulletin in 1970, criticized human and environmental destruction of the war.

Big Fun in the Green Zone
This 2008 Sierra magazine feature profiles kids of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Missing Peace
What is nature's role for healing returning vets and PTSD? Read our 2011 Sierra magazine piece.

Mission Outdoors
Visit the Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors blog for more information.

Military Families and Veterans Initiative
The Sierra Club's Military Families and Veterans Initiative is dedicated to delivering outdoor experiences to service members and their families.

Exploring the Benefits of Outdoor Experiences on Veterans
This 2013 University of Michigan study details the many benefits the outdoors provide for returning veterans.

Mission Outdoors: Glacier National Park

In August 2012, the Sierra Club hosted military veterans on an expedition through Glacier National Park to study climate change. This 12-minute documentary showcases each participant's unique perspective on what it means to protect, preserve, and defend the nation.




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