HOW WE HELP
The WWEP teams up professionals and farmland operations across the US to offer a unique discipline of equine-assisted activities and therapies that contribute to the healing of Wounded Warriors and enhance the quality of life for all involved.
By creating a network of certified small farms, therapeutic riding facilities, and horse rescues around the country, the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program strives to connect our returning injured warriors with equine therapy programs in their communities. Equine therapy – which ranges from taking care of horses to riding and jumping, has helped veterans go from “barely able to lift him/herself out of a wheelchair” to almost walking, and can help a brain-injured veteran regain balance by re-establishing the connections between the left and right brain functions that many take for granted. For a veteran with PTSD, the interaction demanded by working with a horse inspires empathy and compassion that can pave the way to emotional healing and more positive relationships with friends and family.
STORIES OF HOPE
Rainbow Therapeutic in Asheville, NC, tells of one veteran who lost both legs in the Iraq conflict:
WHAT WE DO
- Promote awareness of the healing powers of equine-assisted therapies through public relations and information sharing campaigns.
- Build relationships and coordinate cooperative activities between WWEP locations and the nearest VA or military hospital and other Behavioral Health Departments.
- Build and grow the network of facilities to ensure veterans and service members can find an equine program near their home.
- Assist in marketing individual program locations.
- Participate in the acquisition, rescue of and care for horses critical to this healing service.
- Coordinate fund raising efforts to support WWEP activities.
- Provide transportation assets, as needed and free of charge, to move stranded horses to a horse rescue, sanctuary or to their forever home.
- Create a Nationwide Network across all 50 United States including Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
- Provide a healthy outlet for individuals battling combat/service related injuries seen and unseen.
- Provide monetary support to small farms and equine programs.
- Establish Freedom Farm.