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US Veterans Are Being Healed Through "Meat Therapy BBQ"

James Wilson, a US Army Veteran, aims to provide his fellow servicemen and women with a source of healing through his Meat Therapy initiative. During an appearance on Fox and Friends Weekend last Saturday, Wilson shared his vision of creating a secure environment where veterans can work through their trauma and other post-duty problems using barbeque as a means of therapy.

1. Wilson Has Always Loved Being At The Grill

For Wilson, developing the Meat Therapy platform and establishing his company, Meat Therapy BBQ, was an obvious decision. "Barbeque has always been a big part of my life," he explained. "It became an even bigger part after he finished his service. "When I was transitioned out of the Army back in 2009, it was not an easy transition for me at all," he said, adding that he "struggled with a lot of different things."

2. He Found An Outlet Through Food

According to Wilson, serving others has always been a source of joy for him, boosting his mood and enhancing his mental and emotional well-being. By returning to the grill and providing food for his fellow servicemen and women, he discovered a sense of serenity. "It helped me reconnect with others," he said.

3. The Initiative Started About Three Years Ago

Eager to showcase his passion for creating delectable dishes, Wilson aimed to demonstrate to others that even something as simple as BBQ could be therapeutic. He established Meat Therapy accounts on Instagram and other social media platforms, and before long, the concept gained momentum. "And here we are today," he stated.

4. Wilson Makes Some Pretty Tasty Food

Wilson shared details about some of his favorite dishes, such as bratwursts that he prepares by braising them in onions and his own blend of seasonings, along with Shiner Bock Beer. These bratwursts are then cooked low and slow on the smoker at 225 degrees for approximately two hours. Additionally, he creates smoked beef rib mac and cheese and tops it off with mouth-watering desserts such as peach cobbler.

5. Boot Campaign Is One Of Meat Therapy's Beneficiaries

The organization provides assistance to veterans who face challenges upon their return from military deployment. "Boot Campaign began when average Americans chose to outwardly express their gratitude for active duty service members, veterans, and their families by lacing up one of the most visible signs of military service: combat boots," the website says. "Our decade-long efforts have only been made possible by patriots from coast to coast who heard our mission, believed in it and took the next step to help us spread it amongst their friends, families, and colleagues."