What We Do
For well over the past decade,
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Our active military, veterans, first responders, and their families are struggling to find programs that understand their culture and can help them find the path back to hope and healing. The Department of Defense and the VA acknowledge that they cannot solve the suicide and PTSD crisis alone. Our warriors and first-responders depend on non-profit organizations like the Remount Foundation in helping stem the tide of suicides. That help is centered around providing active duty, veterans, and their families with the tools needed to heal and reintegrate into society. The VA and military leaders across the Colorado Front Range agree that the Remount Foundation provides an invaluable suicide prevention, trauma recovery, and resilience-building program for our nation’s heroes.
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warriors, veterans and their families have received help
Here are three of the methods we use to lead our heroes on the path to healing
We also take great pride in serving veterans of all eras, including Vietnam War veterans, as we believe it is never too late to find healing. Many of our volunteers are Vietnam Veterans who are devoted to helping younger veterans come home from war; to providing a healing path that they never had when they came home from their war. We believe in the power of cross-generational healing and mentorship.
Our EAL participants struggle with anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping, anger, and guilt – all hallmark symptoms of PTSD. Many of our participants are referred from either military or VA mental health professionals, from other non-profit organizations, or – one of the most telling signs of success – word of mouth from other participants or alumni of the Remount Foundation EAL program. Our participants often come to the Remount Foundation near the end of their resilience tether, having lost hope in the military or VA care systems. After going through an intake screening to assess their needs, we partner the participant with a staff member (who are primarily unpaid volunteers) who facilitates a series of exercises designed to help the participant learn to process their traumatic experiences, take ownership of their healing, and build the tools of resilience needed to reintegrate into society.
The Horse Boy Method is another equine therapy technique the Remount Foundation uses to help military families (including those affected by autism) and warriors – particularly those affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, often caused by blast injuries caused by improvised explosive devices. The Horse Boy Method, designed by Rupert Isaacson, helps participants through a series of sensory movement exercises and interactions with the horse. Whether through one-on-one work with combat wounded warriors suffering from the side effects of TBI, or through half-day sessions for military families (especially those families with autistic children). We couch the Horse Boy family sessions as “play dates” for the children, and we continue to see tremendous positive results as the families find calm and confidence through interactions with the horses.
The Remount Foundation uses the HeartMath technique to help participants reduce their stress and anxiety through research-based, technology-facilitated exercises. With the high prevalence of anxiety, stress, anger, and depression in those affected by PTSD, we believe that offering HeartMath to our participants is a great way to help them take control of their healing and add a tool to their resilience toolbox. We provide our participants with HeartMath physiological monitors that, through a smartphone application, provide biofeedback to help participants control their breathing and regain inner balance. We know from over a decade of experience that the most effective and sustainable outcomes for warriors happens when they take control of their healing.