Promoting the well-being of disabled veterans transitioning to civilian life through field archaeology.
American Veterans Archaeological Recovery (AVAR) integrates military veterans with physical or mental disabilities into a community of archaeological researchers that supports their rehabilitation through goal-oriented, team-centered excavations. The social bonding and shared experiences of participants are an important feature of American Veterans Archaeological Recovery. Participants share their new experiences in archaeology with others from the community of veterans, and will make new connections in the community of academic and professional archaeologists working to discover and preserve the physical evidence of our common cultural heritage.
Training provided by professional archaeologists from major universities.
Participants are assigned to roles based on ability, regardless of service injury.
Social bonding and shared experiences promote recovery.
Your generous, tax-deductible donation to our program provides transportation, food, housing, tools, and safety equipment for disabled veterans and active duty personnel while they are engaged in important archaeological field work. This work makes a difference in the lives of our participants through a sense of accomplishment, mastery of new skills, peer support, and preservation of historically important structures and artifacts.
We’re going to Israel! We need your help to raise funds to get our vets there. Thank you for your support.
We’re going to do a project in Saratoga, New York. Please help us reach our fundraising goal. Thank you!
American Veterans Archaeological Recovery is administered by Operation Nightingale USA, a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.