~ OUR MISSION ~
To provide an ongoing program of equine assisted psychotherapy for the mutual benefit of Veterans (including Active Duty) coping with PTSD, the families of Veterans, and Rescued Horses.
A PARTNER ON THE JOURNEY
~ OUR COMMITMENT ~
No Veteran shall ever pay a nickel to participate in our Equine Therapy Program
A LETTER FROM THE CO-FOUNDER
November 26, 2019
Our first ever FALL FAMILY RETREAT this past weekend was a Huge Success! Several soldiers who have just returned from a long deployment in two different war zones, Iraq and Syria, were our guests, along with their wives and some of their children. Eighteen hard working volunteers showed up to share Friday, Saturday and Sunday activities with our guests at beautiful 500-acre Camp Cedar Crest in Lyles, TN. Camp Director Russell Casteel’s fantastic staff fed us all some wonderful, home cooked meals, and planned and led family activities. Nature hikes and ropes courses were just some of the highlights for the youngsters. Family time together in the lodges and in the woods, and equine assisted Re-acquaintance Activities for the parents helped these Husband and Wife heroes develop a better understanding of what each dealt with during this stressful time of deployment and separation, and work on improving communication between themselves, and with their offspring.
We also had professionally directed group sessions where the husbands and wives were able to talk openly about their fears, frustrations, joys and sadnesses during the deployment time.To me, the entire 3 months of planning for this event were made worthwhile by just one comment I overheard— a husband saying to his wife after one session: "I never had thought about that being something you were dealing with. We need to talk more about that."
I saw several small miracles as couples and individuals shared their feelings this weekend, and I know there will be many benefits, some we will never get to see, for these people.
As always, this weekend, including meals, lodging, instructional time and guided activities, were provided COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE TO THE SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, thanks to contributions to our 501(c)(3) charity.
Joe Cottingham, Executive Director
ARE YOU OR IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN OUR FREE EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY FOR PTSD-COPING VETERANS (INCLUDING ACTIVE DUTY PERSONNEL)?
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO HELP US?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615 522-2836. All inquiries are kept in strict confidence.
Veterans dealing With PTSD are
15 TIMES More Likely
To Commit Suicide
The VA’s low ball estimate that 22 veterans take their own lives every day is probably only the tip of a tragic iceberg. These numbers ignore the results of numerous credible published studies.
To help HHHvets help Veterans and families combat PTSD, please become a partner on the journey by donating today. Thank you.
Joe & Claudia Cottingham
Founders and co-chairs
Heroes and Horses Healing, Inc.
Our 2019 Fall Family Celebration is named in memory of Mark, Maxine and Herschel Bundy. Mark died while serving his country in Vietnam. Maxine and Herschel were Mark's parents.
Heroes and Horses Healing, Inc. is a Tennessee chartered non-profit corporation recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity. All donations, in money and in kind, are tax deductible. (You should check with your accountant about the valuation of any services, materials, saddles, tack and other donations.)