Military & Veterans

We are honored to share the benefits of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) with our military, veterans and their families.

Our Approach to Healing

Courageous Hearts’ mental health team has specialized training and experience in the military community. We understand how to provide the best services possible to meet the unique needs of active military members, veterans and their families.

Service members face special demands as they fulfill their duties, placing them at a higher risk of experiencing trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, substance use disorder (SUD), opioid use disorder (OUD) and more. In fact, according to research estimates, the prevalence of OUD is seven times greater among veterans than the U.S. population at large.

Unique challenges like this require a unique approach to healing. Like the military culture that values hands-on “doing,” Eagala model equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is also action-oriented and relies on your experience with the horses and facilitators to guide you as you work through your healing process. You can try this approach on an individual basis, with family members or groups of fellow military and veterans.

Cost of Services

Courageous Hearts will never turn away veterans or military members seeking assistance. We will work with you to identify funding to provide the EAP services you need.

Events

In addition to offering individual, family and group EAP services, we enjoy hosting events on the farm throughout the year to build connections among the military and veteran community. Our recent Veterans Family Fun Day celebration on November 11, 2023, brought veterans and their families together to meet our horses and EAP teams, watch demonstrations, join in family games and connect with Delaware veterans organizations.

Check our Events page for future opportunities to join us here on the farm!

Our Partners

We are proud to work with the following organizations to help ensure military members, veterans and their families have access to the EAP services they need to heal.

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Toolkit for Veterans:

Help #StopTheStigma and Access Treatment

Through our partnership with the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH), we are working to reduce the stigma associated with SUD and OUD that too often prevents veterans and their families from getting lifesaving treatment. We hope you will use the tools and resources below to learn how to end the stigma and find help for those who need it most.

Learn the Facts

  • Substance use disorder and opioid use disorder are treatable brain diseases.
    Only 50% of Americans know this fact.

  • The words we use to describe people with SUD or OUD matter.
    Avoid stigmatizing language, like “junkie,” that discourages people from seeking treatment and contributes to discrimination.

  • Medications for SUD and OUD save lives, but most people who could benefit from treatment don’t receive it.
    Two of three veterans with OUD don’t receive treatment, often because of the stigma associated with OUD and seeking out help.

Dispel the Myths

Myth: “Addiction is a choice.”

Fact: No one chooses how their brain will react to substances.

Myth: "Addiction only happens to certain kinds of people."

Fact: Addiction can happen to anyone. There are genetic, social and psychological risk factors that can put some people at greater risk — but addiction has nothing to do with a person’s character.

Myth: "There are no effective treatments available for SUD."

Fact: There are many effective treatments for substance use disorders, including medications, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient counseling and behavioral health care. Research also finds that twelve-step facilitation programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), increase the percentage of days abstinent as much or better than other treatments, especially in the longer term.

Myth: “Medication for OUD is trading one addiction for another.”

Fact: Medication is the most effective way to treat OUD and reduces the risk of overdose by 50%.

Spread the Word

Download our flyer on ways to #StopTheStigma and share it widely with your friends and family.

Get Resources

Veterans

  • Make the Connection
    • Access information, resources and veteran-to-veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues.
  • VA Mobile Apps
    • Download self-help apps for dealing with stress, sadness, anxiety, etc., and track your symptoms over time.

Survivors

Caregivers

Student Veterans