War Horses for Veterans, a Kansas City based nonprofit, will be the focus of the Because of Horses podcast Friday, March 22. This program has become one of the premier horsemanship, networking and personal growth opportunities for veterans who are working to transition from active-duty to civilian life.
Founded in 2014, War Horses for Veterans is the brainchild of Patrick Benson, an equestrian and Army combat veteran who served two tours in Iraq from 1998-2004. Benson recognized that veterans often struggle with depression or PTSD following their service and knew how beneficial horses had been to his own healing process. Benson worked with co-founders Andy and Patricia Brown to launch the organization, which is based at their Stilwell, Kansas, property.
War Horses for Veterans offers three-day programs which teach participants the basics of horsemanship while working to create a network of support that will provide outlets for other opportunities and friendships as they move forward. With the guidance of former soldiers, veterans are given a safe and peaceful environment in which they begin to define what they need to learn, change or do in order to meet their goals.
War Horses for Veterans is supported entirely by donations and grants. Veterans do not pay to participate and can return as many times as they wish, so long as they bring another veteran. The program also covers airline tickets, lodging and meals. Veterans need not have previous horse experience to participate.
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About Because of Horses
Each week, Elise Gaston Chand hosts informative and entertaining conversations with, for and about horses, horse-people and the equestrian life. Because of Horses is the horse-lover’s podcast for listeners worldwide, sharing notable equestrians’ personal stories, challenges, triumphs and expert insights, as well as timely topics and exciting event information from around the globe.
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