Was up early this morning and left at 5:30 am for the Scranton Reserve Center to volunteer at a 22 K walk. It’s what we call in the northeast a raw fall day—cold, damp, and raining. The walk is to bring additional awareness to the distressing statistic that 22 veterans or current military are committing suicide every day. Yes every day!!!
I serve on the board of a nonprofit, Equines for Freedom, where we include horses in the treatment of veterans with PTSD and we do it for FREE. As far as I know we are the only organization in the world doing it at zero cost to the veteran. A little more about that later in this blog.
I would be surprised if you can get through this video without the tears flowing, I can’t and I’ve watched several times.
Memorial Day Granville Brothers
Brother Earl tells part of his story
This is a link to an article written about Equines for Freedom, EA-EMDR and why adding the horse to the treatment team helps the veteran better connect to others and reality.
I recently had coffee with a 26 year old guy, great guy, who had recently finished the program. I was curious about his suicidal thoughts and why that was seen as a solution. He said that the stress of his PTSD was exhausting, tearing him down emotionally, he was irritable and just plain tired. Interestingly, for him the thoughts of killing himself would suddenly appear in his mind. This is why it is so difficult for family and friends to recognize when their loved is in the depths of PTSD depression and in need of professional help. In his case his fiancée finally gave him an ultimatum, get help or get another fiancée.
Equines for Freedom, Horses Helping Veterans Heal.
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