U.S. Army veteran Alex Sutton cradles a rock dove show pigeon, one of many heritage poultry breeds being raised on his 43 acre farm in Moore County, North Carolina. He is featued in the documentary, Farmer/Veteran.
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U.S. Army veteran Alex Sutton cradles a rock dove show pigeon, one of many heritage poultry breeds being raised on his 43 acre farm in Moore County, North Carolina. He is featued in the documentary, Farmer/Veteran.

For many veterans returning from war, it can be difficult to adjust to civilian life. A new documentary premiering on PBS on Memorial Day tells the story of one veteran who has suffered emotionally and physically from war, only to return home as a farmer where he’s trying to find peace. The film previously ran at the Macon Film Festival last summer. 

We talk with filmmaker Alix Blair about her documentary, "Farmer/Veteran." We also hear from Jon Jackson, a Georgia veteran who started a farm in Milledgeville. Jackson is now working with other veterans adjusting to life after war. And for more on how exactly farming can help those with post-traumatic stress disorder, we hear from Melinda Paige, who teaches clinical mental health counseling at Argosy University in Atlanta.