At Liberty Candle a large part of our mission is giving back by supporting organizations who help our veterans. So, we’d like to take a moment to talk about one of the great organizations that we support through donations from purchases of our candles. It’s an organization called “War Horses for Veterans” and they are helping give vets a new lease on life.
Through their equine based program, they help vets with PTSD, depression, and other issues over a three-day weekend where they teach them to work with horses. Not only do they teach vets to work with horses, they help them connect to a community of people who want to help them heal, giving them a much-needed support network.
War Horses for Veterans relies on donations from their sponsors, as the program is free of charge for veterans. This free experience provides the beginning of healing and helps to restore confidence for many vets. As described by one of the participants, Jeremy Harrel, “It gave me the confidence and worth I was lacking for so many years. I learned that it didn’t break me but built me for this new mission of helping other vets.” He, in turn, is now helping to support other veterans by starting his own organization and becoming a board member for USA Cares.
Just like a ripple in a pond, War Horses for Veterans helps not only those who attend, but others by extension when those vets go home with a sense of peace. They are encouraged to return, if they bring another vet with them, getting the chance to become a mentor, giving back and supporting them in turn. Find out more on their website, https://warhorsesforveterans.com, where you can purchase gear, apply to visit, and donate. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where you can see photos and read testimonials from veterans who have been through their program.