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DVNF to Grant $25Kto Equine Therapy Pilot Program
[December 10, 2010]

DVNF to Grant $25Kto Equine Therapy Pilot Program

Dec 10, 2010 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- On Dec. 8, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), will present $25,000 to Bradley's Equine Assisted Therapeutic (BEAT) Riding Center in Banks, Oregon.

DVNF noted that VP Valerie Conley will make the official presentation at 2 p.m.

According to Precilla Wilkewitz, President of DVNF, the grant will fund a pilot program to provide therapeutic care for disabled veterans suffering from PTSD, physical disabilities, and learning disabilities through equine-facilitated activities. The group reported that The Veterans Administration is also supporting BEAT's new program by providing transportation to the veterans to and from the Banks riding center.

According to a release, equine assisted therapy is a form of therapeutic intervention in which horses are used to help disabled veterans gain self-understanding and emotional growth. Equine assisted psychotherapy recognizes the bond between animals and humans and the potential for emotional healing that can occur when a relationship is formed.

One of the fastest growing veterans' support groups in the U.S., DVNF has provided goods and services to over 40,000 veterans.

Six women veterans to expand their scope of work within the veteran's community founded DVNF, a nonprofit 501c3.

BEAT Riding Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to provide physically, mentally and emotionally challenged individuals an opportunity for emotional and physical growth through horsemanship.

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