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2014-08-14

Triple H announces new program for veterans, families

Special to The Courier

Triple H Equitherapy Center is accepting clients for the fall session of its new project, the Horse Power Project for Veterans & Their Families. Texas veterans of any era who have mental health issues and their families are eligible to participate. Those who have physical impairments along with mental health issues are welcome.
Horse Power for Veterans & Their Families is an interactive process in which an experienced licensed professional psychotherapist, a certified equine therapy instructor, and therapy horses work with a group of veterans. The process addresses individual psychotherapy goals established by each veteran and the psychotherapist.
Family members can participate in several ways. For example, they can become volunteer horse handlers and barn assistants (for which training is provided), attend the group meals with discussions provided by Triple H at the end of each class, and help plan and participate in special social activities such as cookouts on the beautiful grounds of Triple H. Family participation is a special feature of this project.
Special social activities will be planned during the fall session which will begin Sept. 16 and conclude Nov. 20.
"As opposed to a clinical setting, the project puts therapy in an open, natural environment. Outside and on horseback, you have fun and build camaraderie with a group of other veterans," said AT1 [AW/SW] Mathew Trotter, Triple H Veterans Coordinator. Mat started the program for veterans at Triple H in November 2008 and will be a key team member of this new project.
Interested veterans and family members are invited to attend an orientation on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 11 am before fall classes begin. The orientation program will be conducted by veterans currently enrolled in the project and will be followed by a cookout.
Triple H Equitherapy Center is located on a beautiful 180-acre ranch in Pipe Creek, approximately 20 miles northwest of San Antonio. Stipends will be available for veterans who register for fall classes to help defray transportation costs.
To sign up for Sept. 6 orientation and for more information, contact Community Relations Director Keisha Laughy at 830-510-9515, keisha@triple-h.org.
This new program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance.