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02-28-2015, 10:29 AM

By Jeffery L. Robinette of Robinette Legal Group, PLLC posted in Brain Injury (http://www.robinettelaw.com/blog/brain-injury/) on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.
Alternative Therapies for the Injured"I recently had the privilege of reading about Aaron Heliker, an Air Force veteran, who returned home from and Iraq and Afghanistan to face PTSD, TBI, third-degree burns, and nerve damage. Heliker was given 42 medications when he returned home from war. He found healing in working with and building a relationship with a horse named Fred. He created a documentary, "Riding My Way Back," to chronicle his progress." See more at above link.

02-28-2015, 11:28 AM

Riding My Way Back is a short documentary that chronicles one soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide. In 2010, Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in addition to third-degree burns and nerve damage from a roadside bomb. At his most desperate and isolated, on 42 medications and suicidal, Aaron is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fred. Through caring for Fred and building mutual trust, Aaron begins the difficult process of reconnecting to the world around him and healing the terrible, invisible wounds of war that had nearly defeated him.

02-28-2015, 11:58 AM

Resources:Veterans Find Help From Horses (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-piper/post_8279_b_5738930.html), by Robert Piper, 9/14/14
Horses for Heroes Website (http://www.horsesforheroes.org/)
Equine-Assisted Activities for Veterans
BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center
www.braveheartsriding.org/veterans/veterans-programs (http://www.braveheartsriding.org/veterans/veterans-programs)
Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs
www.cpeap.org (http://www.cpeap.org/)
Rainier Therapeutic Riding
www.rtriding.org (http://www.rtriding.org/)
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)
www.pathintl.org (http://www.pathintl.org/)
Video about Horses Helping Veterans: http://vimeo.com/user18455776/adifferentjourney