45,000 veteran related nonprofits exist in the United States, and it has been reported that the federal government spends approximately $3 billion every year to treat veterans and soldiers suffering from PTSD.
Yet, 22 veterans commit suicide every day, and 20% of veterans with PTSD become addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
Something isn't working.
It's time for a different approach.
Heroes and Horses is a Montana-based nonprofit organization that has created an innovative, three-phase reintegration program, which is offered to qualifying combat veterans (at no cost to them) suffering from PTSD. Our program utilizes the remote wilderness of Montana, coupled with human and horse connections, to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.
Our program utilizes expedition-style horse pack trips (led by experienced instructors, many of whom are combat veterans and program graduates themselves) to teach self-reliance, teamwork and perseverance. Our veterans are tasked with various objectives that require them to look within themselves in order to overcome obstacles. The connection that is formed with their horses, as well as the other team members, is not unlike the familiar sense of brotherhood that they experienced while in service, and it is a bond that, for many, remains intact well after the completion of the program.
This unique experience challenges these individuals, evokes change, and helps them to develop new ways to approach and solve problems. By challenging what challenges them, veterans can make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones.