There is a special place for our nation’s heroes in Saratoga Springs, New York, where one organization has taken a unique approach to helping veterans with their battle of post-traumatic stress disorder.
The program’s goal? To help heal emotional wounds by forging a bond of trust between man and horse, Rick Leventhal reported on America’s Newsroom.
The three-day program, hosted by non-profit Saratoga WarHorse, is supported by private donations and provided to veterans for free.
“We don’t talk about therapy, we don’t talk about their experiences,” said Bob Nevins, founder of the organization and a Vietnam War veteran himself.
“We just bring them here, so they can have this experience, and the experience itself is what facilitates change.”
Saratoga WarHorse explained further on its website:
“By utilizing the silent language of the horse, a mutual trust and profound bond is established that goes beyond verbal communication.
Our personalized approach provides each individual with a unique experience that helps to release stress.”
And, so far, it appears to be working.
“When the horse came to me, that’s probably the calmest I’ve been in the past six years,” said U.S. Army veteran Tom Ochman.
Learn more about this group’s inspiring work, above.