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The Veteran Barn Door Project Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: The Veteran Barn Door Project is a non profit who provides Horsemanship Clinics to Veterans to help heal the hidden wounds of war. PTSD and TBI's are hard to see in a Veteran and often result in suicide. Trust and balance is lost for some during war. We help return that lost trust and balance using our horses.

Results: We have had Veterans on the verge of suicide return to society and become successful in new careers or rise in their current career due to finding a new balance in life and trust in people they had lost during their battles with PTSD.

Target demographics: Veterans suffering with the hidden wounds of war

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 125 Veterans

Geographic areas served: Throughout the United States

Programs: Natural horsemanship clinics and introducing Veterans to horses as an alternative to medication

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There's just something about working with the horses that makes you realize how much you carry with you constantly because they mimic your feelings and emotions. I absolutely loved this workshop, but I also had a difficult time because I carry so much with me that I can't seem to let go. Seeing that reflected in the horse was difficult for me, and was a very emotional event. But I needed it. Even though the workshop just ended yesterday I want more!! Thank you Steve for working and sharing with the Soldiers at the WTU here at Campbell. I hope you realize how much it means to us and how much we appreciate you and what you're doing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The project was instrumental in helping me cope with anxiety. Instructors take a great deal of time to ensure everyone benefits from the program. Program would benefit more soldiers by incorporating it after deployments. PTSD, anxiety, and depression are a few issues the program helps with. I would recommend it to all veterans seeking help.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Greg and Tony gave each participant the courage and freedom to challenge their anxiety with kindness and respect. It was an honor to participant.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

A very unique and relaxing experience. The instructors are very knowledgeable about the horses and also know how to read and work withe project could incorporate more roles/activities based upon the size of the group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Greg, Tony and Mike & Tammy are incredible. Mike and Tammy's facilities were an awesome environment to learn and relax and grow. Thank. Every. Single. Minute. Overflowing with humility and love. Rob

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sdepalma 05/01/2018

Rob, thank you so much for the kind review!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Did a good job introducing vets to horses and allowing the training and the binding to help heal the vet.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Help me build confidence dealing with such a large animal and also relay in how to build confidence Within Myself. Little bit of time management skills can be improved on I guess.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Do a very good job at helping people leave all the bad things in life at the door. I love how willing they were to help my 10yr old son feel like he\u2019s a part of what the adults are doing. As for improving maybe they could offer one of the program during summer in order to make it easier to attend and let people know that boots are basically a requirement \uD83D\uDE42

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are doing well with the teachings and training, beneficial for eveyone. Website could be updated

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Client Served

Rating: 5

More funding since it is non profit and maybe have the class go for more days and get more people involved so there can be bigger classes

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with Horses has been the single best thing that I have done with WTB program. And it was an experience of a lifetime!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Helping veterans train horses having problems in turn helping veterans work through their problems

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Client Served

Rating: 5

VBDP is an amazing organization. The weekend was therapeutic, fun, and informative. Everyone involved was kind, welcoming and extremely talented in their particular field of expertise. The way that they help Veterans through horse work is incredible. Will be attending another clinic for sure in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I witnessed a wonderful interactions among veterans from many different era's, back grounds and experiences! By the end of day one ypu would have thought this group knew one another for years! Everyone was joking laughing having a good time!

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

Im not sure what it is about horses, after a long days work around them, i dont need medication to sleep, with that good nights sleep i feel so much better! I cant get that from different color pills! I cant thank them enough for that wonderful and uplifting experience!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Very helpful in creating a bond and breaking away from current stresses. Relieved alot of stress and tension and building a relationship one on one with a horse is amazing. The instructors are incredible people and very understanding. Only wish is that they had more classes or were around more often. Otherwise perfect and wonderful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They were amazing with helping me cope with my issues. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Sweet and insightful guys who like to help the veterans and the animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Non profit was very helpful with connecting to Army Service members and took really good care for the animals they worked with.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

The project is doing really well in helping military members come to ease with Thier problems. The class was very soothing and helps relaxing nerves. The only thing I would improve would maybe make it longer than 3 days.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Their ability to connect veterans with horses. They are amazing

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping veterans learn to cope with ptsd. Great non profit