This week on Thursday I interviewed Theresa Flaigle, a therapist who is starting an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning program for veterans here in the Wichita, Kansas area. Go here to listen to the complete interview about the therapeutic value of working with horses helps those who have experienced trauma.
The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals, families, and groups around the world by setting the standard of excellence in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning, also known as “horse therapy” or “equine therapy.”
Theresa also provided these contact numbers for those interested in learning more:
Flint Hills Therapeutic Riding: 316-733-8943
Innerworks Holistic Healing Center: 316-946-0990
Theresa’s mobile: 316-617-3032
I just had the chance to watch Wartorn 1861-2010. It’s an HBO documentary produced by James Gandolfini and it highlights real veterans and their personal stories and struggles from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam and present day. It is an important documentary for anyone who knows or cares about a veteran. A Civil War veteran commits suicide after the war – his family said he came home “changed”. A WWI officer writes “I closed up like an oyster because I realized my friends, my country – spoke a different language”. A mother cries out “they put him through a paper shredder and then sent him back to us to put the pieces together”, and a wife says “he’s home, but he’s not home”.
That’s what GallantFew is all about. Helping our veterans come home. If you can mentor, sponsor, or help in any way, please visit our website and plug in.
V/R and RLTW
Articles of interest this week:
COMBAT & OPERATIONAL STRESS/PTS/TBI
WOUNDED WARRIOR CARE/TREATMENT
WOUNDED WARRIOR RECOVERY
· Rallying behind veterans starts with a simple thank-you: (REGISTER-GUARD, EUGENE, OR) — Because March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, I wish for civilians to find a way to honor our veterans and service members — not just this month, but all year. For instance, simply being aware that your neighbor or the person in the checkout line at the grocery store may be a veteran struggling with disorganized thoughts and constant fear goes a long way toward building a community of understanding and compassion. http://www.registerguard.com/web/opinion/26023016-47/veterans-traumatic-brain-feel-injury.html.csp