Under sunny skies, Saturday, July 18, over 30 bikes and vehicles left the American Legion in Ridge to support Operation Warrior Refuge. Along the way, they made stops at VFW Post 2632 in California, Heavy Hitters Bar & Grill Mechanicsville, The Green Turtle, Prince Frederick, American Legion Post 274 Lusby, and the Fifth Stop and After Party, Toot’s Bar Hollywood, picking up a card for their poker hand. Some of the participants joined in at the VFW in California.
To those who have never heard of Operation Warrior Refuge, it was founded in June 2013, with a team consisting of a combat Warrior, a Therapist, and a Horse Trainer, who provide accessible treatment to warriors suffering from PTSD. Operation Warrior Refuge Inc. Is a registered 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization.
The Operation Warrior Refuge Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program consists of four phases that can be combined or can be done separately to meet the needs of the Warrior. Not only do these programs helps Warriors to heal but they also help them to stay that way by creating a community of Warriors so they have an ongoing support system for as long as they choose to be a part of it.
Warriors attend a 3 day retreat consisting of; team building Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) exercises, learning techniques to manage symptoms, Comrade Campfires, and R&R. At the end of this program, Warriors can expect to feel refreshed and ready to begin the healing Process.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, depression, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. The symptoms can worsen over time and interfere with relationships, work, and every other aspect of life. Veteran are especially vulnerable to PTSD due to their experiences in war-time situations. PTSD symptoms may complicate, hinder, and sometimes prevent veterans from re-integrating successfully into civilian society.
Operation Warrior Refuge provides accessible treatment for warriors who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through the use of equine-assisted psychotherapy, warriors reboot, retrain, and renew in order to sustain control of their lives.
The organization has access to El Dorado Farm, owned by Geoff Wanamaker, and the horses living there for the equine therapy. Previously they had been using Greenwell Park. For more information, please email: email@example.com or visit the website: www.operationwarriorrefuge.org
The Poker Run for Operation Warrior Refuge raised $2,081.00.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon