The Olympic Peninsula was Charles Nelson’s best medicine.
The Army veteran had served during 1990s conflicts in Somalia and Kuwait before returning home to Seattle. Nelson couldn’t cope with daily life as a civilian. Something as common as an unexpected car-door slam gave him a shiver of fear. Doctors diagnosed him with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
He joined a group of veterans who took weekly hikes deep into the rainforest.
“It was better therapy for me than anything else I’ve really been through,” Nelson said.