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  1. #1
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    Mar. 1, 2003

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    Saratoga War Horse reporting for duty: Therapeutic program for veterans will launch this month

  2. #2
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    Jul. 14, 2000


    Bless those people for caring enough to develop a program to assist the veterans. Horses have done so much for people in other therapy programs and it's wonderful to see this group extending a helping hand.

    “Reintegrating is the hardest part,” said Col. Eric Olsen, a New York Army National Guard chaplain. “We train soldiers for years to go into combat. It takes a long time to get back into a culture that is far removed from that military experience.”

    As I type, a Son In Law is returning to the states from his deployment to Iraq as an Army MP. Reintegration is SO hard! Imagine looking over your shoulder, expecting a mortar, a blast from an enemy weapon directed to you, a IED waiting somewhere, everywhere. He grew up with big loveable family dogs and it was hard for him to accept seeing dogs treated as vermin in Iraq. A dog walking down the street is shot and killed or stoned by locals. Competition for food is fierce and dogs aren't kept as pets. Rabies is a constant threat so the troops were told to not adopt the roaming dogs. During his 2 week leave he spent time with our horses and dogs just hanging out, taking in the good stuff that animals have to offer when you hang out with them.

    I hope this program succeeds and grows to other areas. We have a lot of troops returning that have been under massive stress.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May. 24, 2006


    Very interesting article, thanks for posting. SLW, I will keep your SIL in my thoughts for as seamless a transition to civilian life as possible.

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