Warrior Horse Program Big Success at Inaugural Vet Fest
Over the weekend I attended the first ever Vet Fest in Bossier City's East Bank District as a volunteer for Warrior Horse. I wasn't sure what to expect when I got there, but I was pleasantly surprised for a first time event! It was really well attended and if you'd like to read more about their mission, click here.
As the 'crazy horse lady on the radio,' and as an Air Force brat, I've long been a supporter of all things military as well as the benefits of equine therapy. When I met Kevin Russell, the man behind the Warrior Horse dream, it was an instant match!
I'm sure you've heard the statistic that 22 veterans lose their fight each day with PTSD. Kevin thinks losing even one is too many and I, along with many others, agree. Unfortunately, drug or talk therapy doesn't work for everyone. That's where equine assisted activities come into play. Here's the mission of the Warrior Horse program:
Warrior Horse transforms the lives of military veterans, one horse at a time. The Warrior Horse program uses a personalized and interactive equine-assisted method, which we call the “Bonding Process” to assist military veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to begin their recovery from this debilitating disorder. Our program is open to current and former members of the armed forces of the United States who have been diagnosed with PTSD and have had some “let down” period after a tour of active duty. The program is provided at no financial cost to the veterans.
Obviously, there's more to the program than a short paragraph and I invite you to read more on the Warrior Horse website, where there is a wealth of information. I also ask you to give to the program if you are able. Clearly, the program isn't cheap to run, but I personally feel that taking care of the men and women who have given so much in service to their country is a responsibility we all share. No matter how large or small, your donation is appreciated!