This holiday season Equines For Freedom is asking you to help us do something for veterans living with post-traumatic stress. Every day 22 veterans commit suicide, and Equines For Freedom is doing their best to change this number, one veteran at a time.
At Equines For Freedom, horses provide an opportunity for veterans to work on their trauma in an unusual setting. This partnered with the highly recommended EMDR therapy has proven to be the answer for reduction of post-traumatic stress symptoms of veterans graduating from the program, when nothing else has worked for them in the past.
This drive will go from Thanksgiving through Christmas, all the way to the Eve of a New Year, where hopefully we will see no more veteran suicides.
Please consider being one of 100 friends to donate $22 to this nonprofit organization and help us make a difference in the life of a veteran.
The link to the fundraiser can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1200120860123035/
For those of you interested in donating to this fundraiser, Tuesday, November 28 may be the day you are waiting for! #GivingTuesday donations (beginning at 8 am) through Facebook will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and all fees will be waived for the day.
#GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season: a reminder of the “reason for the season”.
This fundraiser will continue through December 31, but please consider helping EFF reach and exceed our goal on #GivingTuesday!
Many people often wonder what they can do to sincerely thank military service members for their service, especially on Veterans Day. Buddy and Kathy Croft and Eagle Cleaners of Clarks Summit found their answer in dry cleaning. They offered Equines For Freedom the profits off all of their dry cleaning business for the entire day on Saturday, November 11, 2017. This generosity raised almost $3000 to provide equine-assisted trauma therapy for veterans. EFF Board President, Barbara Cocolin, said simply, “Thank you from all of us and the veterans we treat.”
Pictured accepting this Veterans Day Donation are volunteer Bob Tagert, EFF Secretary Sylvia Tagert, Eagle Cleaner’s Buddy Croft and EFF President, Barbara Cocolin.
Equines For Freedom provides a unique form of therapy for veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress. Many veterans find that therapies provided in an office setting are uncomfortable and they often continue to experience nightmares, flashbacks and angry outbursts. They also find that government-based programs do not treat earlier lifetime traumas. EFF addresses the need for an alternative to office-based therapy by inviting veterans to work with horses in an arena or pasture while also receiving one of the most proven and highly recommended forms of therapy for PTSD called EMDR. EMDR allows for processing of traumas that have occurred throughout a veteran’s life, not only during times of deployment. Veterans from Vietnam through active duty service members who have successfully completed this program have indicated relief of many of their symptoms of post-traumatic stress. They find their time with the horses and EMDR to be the thing that has helped when nothing else has.
Equines For Freedom would like to sincerely thank the entire community for supporting this fundraiser held on Veterans Day 2017 by Eagle Cleaners. It is together as a community that we will be able to reduce the staggering number of veteran suicides that occur daily.
To learn more about Equines For Freedom’s programming, volunteer opportunities, or to join the chorus of Thank You’s to our veterans through monetary donation, visit www.equinesforfreedom.org, like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/EquinesForFreedom/ , or call 570-665-2483.
The Wyoming County Community Health Foundation (WCCHF) recently awarded Equines for Freedom a $5,000 grant towards treatment to veterans who suffer from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Equines for Freedom provides treatment for PTSD free to current and former U.S. Service members, regardless of the source of trauma or their characterization of service. This therapy, EMDR, is a proven treatment for trauma and is approved by the SAMHSA and the APA as effective treatment for symptoms of acute and chronic PTSD.
The grant received from the WCCHF will be used solely to treat veterans. Equines for Freedom’s goal is to treat 30 service members this year and help to reduce the number of suicides that the veteran community is experiencing. For more information on how to apply for a grant from the WCCHF, please contact Executive Director Shealynn Shave at 570-996-1645.
For more information about Equines For Freedom or to enter the program call 570-665-2483.
Pictured are Wyoming County Community Health Foundation’s Executive Director, Shealynn Shave as she presents the grant check to Equines for Freedom board member, Cassandra Bell
The next EQUINES FOR FREEDOM FUNDRAISER will take place in just 2 weeks on Sunday, August 13 at 1 p.m. at Coal City Tavern, Luzerne, PA
Admission cost is $15. Tickets can be purchased in advance (https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/96535/chk/6b13) or will also be available at the door.
This event will include Equines For Freedom merchandise and information, a buffet and drinks available to purchase, a large and varied basket raffle and an auction for a personalized signed copy of the collection of oil paintings and stories of America’s military veterans:
Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors authored by George W. Bush
We hope you can attend for a few minutes or the whole afternoon. Bring some friends and enjoy some fun in support of our program. As always, all funds raised from this event directly cover costs associated with providing free equine-assisted therapy for military service members.
You may have noticed our ad campaign has begun with a series of billboards along NEPA roadways. Our upcoming Golf Tournament to be held at Glen Oak Country Club on June 26 and the EFF Wine Festival at Creekside Grove on July 1 are featured on the boards, as well as the message featured here.
Equines For Freedom is proud to help the veterans in our program reduce their symptoms of post traumatic stress through EMDR therapy, which takes place in an arena with horses. We serve veterans from the Vietnam War through currently serving military service members, men and women, regardless of their source or classification of trauma.
Anyone interested in beginning this free therapy can call (570)665-2483 to schedule. All calls are confidential.