WHAT'S YOUR 500?
The purpose of the "What's Your 500?" movement is to start a conversation around the relationship between challenge, perseverance, and purpose.
We all have a "500" - it's a seemingly insurmountable challenge that is presented to us, and that moment where we choose to push forward, instead of give up. Pushing forward is never easy. What is "easy" is turning to crutches like drugs, alcohol, anger, isolation, etc. But for anyone who has ever taken the easy route (and pretty much all of us have at one point) you know that it never really takes you where you want to go.
Below are the "500" stories of four individuals: a veteran and the overwhelming challenges that he faced post-service, a father who lost his daughter, a man battling cancer and depression, and a wife who lost her husband (a veteran) to an overdose. Why are we doing this? Because every single person has a "500 mile journey", and the more we talk about it, and share our stories of perseverance, the greater chance we have of helping someone who has run out of hope.
Our mission at Heroes and Horses is to apply this framework to helping our country's veterans - but, it's important to understand that this is not just a veteran story, it's just not a horse story - it's a people story.