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Sunny Creek Ranch "Horses For Heroes" Receives Grant from Disabled Veterans National Foundation

  

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Sunny Creek Ranch Equine Services: “Horses For Heroes” Receives Grant Award from Disabled Veterans National Foundation 

Montgomery, Texas – September 6, 2019 – Sunny Creek Ranch Equine Services: “Horses For Heroes” Program is honored to announce it has received a grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) for $8,000 which will fund equine assisted psychotherapy sessions for Disabled Veterans.

Shannon Novak, EAGALA Certified E.S., Founder & Director of Sunny Creek Ranch “Horses For Heroes” Program, said, “We are so grateful to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation for the generous grant awarded to Sunny Creek Ranch “Horses For Heroes” Program. The DVNF Grant Award enables us to expand our services to provide even more confidential equine assisted psychotherapy sessions for Veterans and their family members on our private ranch in Montgomery, Texas. “Horses For Heroes” is operated BY Veterans and their families, FOR Veterans and their families. We truly understand the unique challenges military families face. Our sessions provide solutions that meet Veterans squarely on their own terms, and provide them with powerful breakthroughs and life-changing insights. We are not defined by our scars, but by what we do when our wounds close. Our mission is to get our Disabled Veterans all the way home through the horse-human connection. Without the support of DVNF, this would not be possible.”

Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt.Maj. Ret.), CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation said, “We are proud to support Horses For Heroes, as they continue to make a positive impact in veterans’ lives. We would like to congratulate and thank them for their commitment to assisting the men and women who served in defense of our country.”

The DVNF Grant Award enables the “Horses For Heroes” Professional Team to conduct equine assisted psychotherapy sessions, certified by EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), free of charge for Disabled Veterans, their caregivers and families. 

Licensed mental health professionals and certified equine specialists, deliver focused, experiential, action-oriented psychotherapy, by utilizing therapy horses. Therapeutic sessions (small group and individual) are held weekly throughout this 12-week program. Disabled Veterans have an opportunity to experience nature in a safe, confidential ranch setting, and heal from physical and psychological wounds. 

Our Professional Team has served Disabled Veterans from the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, National Guard; as well as, Department of Defense contractors exposed to combat and Disabled Veterans’ spouses and children. Our Disabled Veterans range in age from 24 to 71 years of age.

A Disabled Army Combat Veteran/Pilot posted on [Facebook.com@HorsesforHeroesTexas]: “This is where I come to heal from combat. Their individual and family counseling has been paramount in my recovery. I spent 17 years in the Army and I have finally found a place that has professionals and a sound treatment program. If you’re struggling, come to group and see for yourself.” 

Please visit our website at http://www.sunnycreekranch.com to learn more, or contact Shannon Novak, Founder & Director of “Horses For Heroes” at 281-229-3633. Also, please check out the website for the Disabled Veterans National Foundation http://www.dvnf.org

A Fundraiser for Sunny Creek Ranch Equine Services “Horses For Heroes” Program will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the VFW Post 4709, 1303 W. Semands Ave., Conroe, TX 77301, from noon to 6 P.M.

Please join us for live and silent auctions, great Texas BBQ, and live music by Cannon Brand. Tickets are $15 for adults. All proceeds help support “Horses For Heroes.”

About the Disabled Veterans National Foundation:

Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded-physically or psychologically-after defending our safety and our freedom.

DVNF achieves this mission by:

● Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.

● Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.

● Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.

● Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

About Sunny Creek Ranch Equine Services: Horses for Heroes Program:

● The “Horses For Heroes” Program provides licensed equine assisted psychotherapy sessions, certified by EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), free of charge for active duty military, Disabled Veterans, Veterans, and their military families. 

● Research evidence indicates that equine assisted therapy participants, especially combat Veterans and those with PTSD, experience a greater reduction in symptoms with equine assisted therapy versus traditional talk therapy and anti-depressants and benzodiazepine medications. 

● The “Horses For Heroes” Program in Montgomery County, Texas is the only certified EAGALA Program operated BY Veterans and their families FOR Veterans and their families. 

● Our Veteran clients and our Professional Team have developed a community of reciprocal caring for fellow military and Veterans, caretakers, and their families. 

● An Army Combat Veteran/Counter Intelligence, OIF, OEF stated on [Facebook.com@HorsesForHeroes Texas]: “This program has accomplished what years of therapy at the VA could not: peace of mind. Attending this program weekly, has literally saved my life. I would highly recommend equine therapy for any veteran struggling with PTSD, anxiety or depression.” 

● Our mission is to get our Veterans all the way home through the horse-human connection.


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