Horse Powered Veterans
Organized by: Berkshire Horseworks Inc.
We’ve seen the headlines, heard the stories or understand from our own experience. We know, as a nation, that our service members and their families face unique challenges and traumas that can lead to tragic consequences. Every day, 22 veterans commit suicide. The numbers are staggering. According to reports published in 2014 by the DOD, of the 2.7 million Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans:
At least 20% have PTSD or depression
50% of Veterans with PTSD or depression will not seek or respond to traditional treatment.
19% may have traumatic brain injury (TBI) with over 260,000 already diagnosed
6,131 Sexual assaults were reported in 2014 alone. That is an assault every 30 minutes.
Treating the effects of trauma is never easy - and in military culture, the challenge is even greater. The reality is that traditional psychotherapy can be stigmatizing and feel like “just a lot of talk” among people who value doing and action. They trust their experience and the people with whom they serve. In order to engage them in their own healing process, the solutions offered must be crafted with a consideration of who they are, respect their culture and meet them squarely on their own terms.
Clinical evidence and generations of human experience show that horses have a special ability to help people work through emotional barriers without shame or stigma. In Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, horses serve as metaphors and powerful stand-ins for the people, issues and challenges in the veteran’s life. A highly trained licensed mental health professional puts the horses’ unique sensitivities to work leading to powerful emotional breakthroughs and life changing insights.
Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc.’s Horse Powered Veterans Program uses the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to meet the unique treatment challenges of active duty military personnel, veterans and their families. Horse Powered Veterans utilizes the healing power of horses in this efficacious experiential modality to truly make a difference in the lives of veterans who are looking to reintegrate into their families, workplace and community.
It only costs approximately $1,250 for 1 veteran to participate in our 10 week Horse Powered Veterans Program. Our goal, with your help, is to provide this service for 10 of our local veterans free of charge. Your donations will not only provide these heroes with enrollment in our program, but will assist in the cost of transportation to ensure no veteran is left behind for any session they want to attend.
With your help, we can give 10 veterans the tools to change their lives.
Please visit our website for further information on what we do!