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WHAT IS "WAR HORSES FOR VETERANS?"
OUR MISSION: To unite combat veterans in an equine environment to network with each other in order to assist with transitioning from combatant to civilian or military garrison life.
WHAT WH4VETS PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING:
Samantha V. - June 2015
I served on active duty at Fort Campbell from September 2009 until April of 2012. At that time I transitioned to the Tennessee Army National Guard, where I currently work full time as a Federal Technician. While at Fort Campbell I was deployed to Afghanistan for a year from May of 2010 to May of 2011. I’ve had the desire to talk to “someone” for a while now, to get out thoughts I had in my head…to be able to talk to people who had similar experiences, but I’ve always shied away from formal counseling. I’d find any excuse to never follow up with it. When I came across this opportunity with War Horses for Veterans I knew immediately it was something I wanted to do. I was 100% on board for the horses and probably about 75% for the hanging out with other people. I’ve grown accustomed to, and prefer, to just me and my dog hanging out at my house after work. I don’t really do social interaction outside of work and have no desire to talk about my feelings. After a few conversations with Patrick, who assured me there would be no sitting in a circle and singing “kumbaya” I felt comfortable with actually following through with participating in the program. I am so glad I did. I don’t remember the last time I was that happy.
It felt so good to back on a horse, I hadn’t ridden in about 10 years, and I felt like I actually had a genuine smile on my face. We had a small group which was great…less people to make awkward conversation with! I tend to get talkative because I get nervous and uncomfortable with silence so it was nice to not feel pressure to talk too much. Not only was working with Patrick great, but also my fellow participant, the “other” Samantha! The founders, Andy and Pat Brown were absolutely incredible and so so nice. I’ve never met more genuine and caring people. They open their ranch to us and that is just so incredibly giving. It was so great to just be with the horses all day and I for once thought of nothing else. My mind constantly feels like its racing and I can never relax and I actually had fun…I just can’t say enough how incredible the experience was. Thank you so much to everyone at War Horses. I can’t wait to participate even more when you come to Nashville!
War Horses For Veterans is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Organization.
Companies and foundations who have lent their hand in supporting our cause.
War Horses for Veterans is a three-day equine and networking experience. Veterans will have the opportunity to bond with horses, as well as each other, in a safe and comfortable country environment.