~ 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
From the beginning our mission at Heroes and Horses Healing has been to offer assistance, first through equine-assisted psychotherapy, to veterans coping with the often devastating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, always at absolutely no cost to the veteran. We have always known that PTSD is a family issue, not always lived and experienced by the veteran alone. Our Board of Directors has made the decision, after much study, to expand our services beyond only offering therapy classes to a few individual veterans at a time. Our research and observations have led us to understand that dealing directly with the trauma of war shortly after the soldier’s return is the front line of PTSD prevention and mitigation.
With that in mind we have established a relationship with commanding chaplains and counselors with the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, Ky, located about 40 miles from Nashville. With their input we are developing a pilot program to offer Rescued Horse ground work therapy to soldiers who have very recently returned from war zones, and their families.
Our first therapy event will be November 22-24, 2019, at Cedar Crest Camp in Lyles, TN. (Please watch for a future posting about our partnership with Cedar Crest Camp.) We will offer two and a half days of recreation for the entire family of each soldier participating, along with intense equine assisted therapy for the soldiers and their spouses. Cedar Crest’s professional counselors will assist by providing great camp activities for the youngsters, tailored to the specific ages of those who come. We will have outdoor and indoor activities, including hiking and high-ropes course challenges.
The soldiers and spouses will have time to spend alone, walking in the woods or by the lake, or just sitting on the spacious back porches of the cabins, knowing their children are well attended by trained, fully vetted professionals and volunteers. There will be family meals and cookouts, a bonfire with musical entertainment, and time to just unwind and enjoy being together again!
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 email@example.com 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.)