Peterson Outdoors Ministries

Peterson Outdoors Ministries

What makes Peterson Outdoors Ministries unique?:
They are providing Faith based outdoor recreational therapy for injured and recovering veterans and their families

Who Can Sign Up to Participate?:
Any veteran of any war and from any branch. Both veterans and active duty military

How much does it cost to participate:
All events are free of charge. They cover all expenses. Travel, food, lodging, licenses and permits, all are covered.

What kind of activities are offered by the organization?:
Hunting, Fishing, Boating, Kayaking, Horseback riding, Adaptive water sports. Basically anything outdoors we offer it.

How long do the activities last?:
Usually our events are between two-four days

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$FREE

Mustang 2nd Chance Foundation

Mustang 2nd Chance Foundation

What makes Mustang 2nd Chance Foundation unique?:
Their mission is to provide a resource for the ever-growing demand for professional assistance in mitigating the damaging effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suffered by military veterans, law enforcers, firefighters and EMT responders. Equine Therapeutic Programs (ETPs) are supervised by professional equestrian instructors who teach wounded veterans and first responders how to interact, react, and care for a horse.

Who Can Sign Up to Participate?:
Veterans, and Volunteers of any kind.

How much does it cost to participate:
We do not charge, we run off donations only

What kind of activities are offered by the organization?:
What is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy? (EAP)
In Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, EAP, horses act as transitional objects for participants. The horses and activities in the arena can mirror what is going on in someone’s life. For example: A client observes, “There’s a split in the herd – just like me and my family. The donkey is wreaking havoc - just like my teenager at home , PTSD or alcohol!”. Then together, we brainstorm possible solutions and then actually try them out in the arena with the animals, then in ordinary life. Seasoned therapists estimate it takes only 1 hour of EAP to do 10 hours of talk therapy. Recent research has shown improvement in marital problems and conflict resolution, as well as significant reduction in diagnosed and un-diagnosed PTSD.

Mustang 2nd Chance Foundation in Lorena Texas, will be applying for a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission to provide equine-assisted therapies for veterans and their families. This project is wholistic , involving physical, neurological, and also the relational aspects of transitioning from active duty to civilian life. The Board will meet in weekly sessions Friday and/or Sunday afternoon-evening appointments via Virtual meetings. The first 6 weeks, participants will interact naturally, on foot, with horses in an arena, in activities facilitated by an equine-specialist and therapist. The last 4 weeks, participants will experience Therapeutic Horseback Riding, THR, facilitated by PATH certified instructors.

How long do the activities last?:
any length

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$FREE

Veterans Outreach at Mesa Art League

Veterans Outreach at Mesa Art League

What makes the Veterans Outreach at Mesa Art League unique?
The Mesa Art League offers a Veterans' Outreach Art Program to Veterans and their families,
Art League members are always welcome. These classes help Veterans come together and get into the creative flow which can be very therapeutic.

Who Can Sign Up to Participate?:
Any Veteran or family member

How much does it cost to participate:
Free to Veterans and family

What kind of activities are offered by the organization?:
Art classes

How long do the activities last?:
The activities are designed to last 2 to 3 hours.

Where do the veterans sign up to participate?:
Please sign up at mesaartveterans@gmail.com

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$FREE

A Soldiers Heart Bluegrass and Muddy Waters

A Soldiers Heart Bluegrass and Muddy Waters

What makes A Soldiers Heart Bluegrass and Muddy Waters unique?:
They introduce Veterans to different holistic modalities while on retreats. This allows the veteran to add tools to their kit to aid in healing.

Who Can Sign Up to Participate?:
Veterans

How much does it cost to participate:
Free

What kind of activities are offered by the organization?:
canoeing/kayaking trips and camping in the woods or campgrounds when allowed. We have partnered with a camp in Frankfort, KY where we hold regular retreats.

Where do the veterans sign up to participate?:
Send email to Bluegrassandmuddywaters@gmail.com
or contact them through facebook: www.facebook.com/bluegrassandmuddywaters

A note from Jeremy Wallace, Founder of A Soldiers Heart Bluegrass and Muddy Waters off facebook: "Mother Nature is very therapeutic. I hope these Veterans will leave these activities with a new found hobby that they can enjoy with other Veterans and their families. I hope to grow this organization to a point that it helps thousands of Veterans across out great nation, all while still being grass roots.
God Bless"

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$FREE

Morgans Wonderland STRAPS

Morgans Wonderland STRAPS

What makes Morgans Wonderland STRAPS unique?
STRAPS mission is to organize, promote, administer and conduct a variety of adaptive and Paralympic-style sports for wounded service members and veterans as well as other adults and youth. STRAPS athletes strive to become role models and mentors to others with disabilities as they promote character development through sports.

Who Can Sign Up to Participate?:
STRAPS is an adaptive sports program for those with physical disabilities of all ages. They support wounded, ill, and injured services members, veterans, and community civilians.

How much does it cost to participate:
Our program is FREE. If you want to compete on travel teams pending on the sports travel costs will be associated.

What kind of activities are offered by the organization?:
Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Soccer, Wheelchair Softball, Wheelchair/Ambulatory Pickle-ball, Wheelchair/Ambulatory Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Football, Goal-ball, Power-lifting, Power Soccer, Boccia, Track and Field, Sit Volleyball, Functional Fitness

How long do the activities last?:
Participation is year round

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$FREE

K9 Battle Buddies

K9 Battle Buddies

What makes the organization unique?:
K9 Battle Buddies, INC is a non-profit, veteran helping veteran, program that trains rescue dogs to be service dogs for combat veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and/or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Our goal is to offer immediate companionship by placing the battle buddy (rescue dog) with the veteran and then working with the veteran on training their buddy until they can pass our public access test. Our battle buddies are provided at no cost to the veteran. Every time battle buddies are paired two lives are saved, the life of our veteran who has served our country, and the life of a rescue dog.

Who Can Sign Up for a service dog?:
Combat Veterans who suffer from PTSD &/or TBI.

How much does it cost to participate:
Free

What kind of Service dogs are offered by the organization?:
PTSD Service dogs

How long does it take to acquire the service dog after signing up?:
Less than a month to be matched with a dog, the therapy based dog training program will take between 6 - 12 months.

Where does the organization get their puppies to train?:
Rescue Dogs

Where do the veterans sign up to participate?:
www.k9bb.org complete the veteran application.

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$FREE

Honoring Americas Warriors

Honoring Americas Warriors

What makes Honoring America's Warriors unique?:
This organization was created to assist families who upon the death of their loved one who has served our country, the opportunity to have augmented military honors when the family deems that the legislated two man flag fold is not enough. Unfortunately, there are many families of veterans who feel their loved one should receive the highest honors possible at the time of interment. They perform this mission with disabled veterans from all branches of service who want another mission to be back in service dress uniform to render final honors, and pay it forward.

They provide service dogs and training at no cost for our disabled veterans who cope with anxiety or depression that could lead to veteran suicide.

They fulfill this mission by creating activities that allow these men and women to be with other veterans in a non-clinical environment peer to peer with other veterans who cope with the same issues on a daily basis. They achieve this through outdoor activities, family and couples gatherings, employment, and adaptive sports for veterans who are paralyzed or amputees. We also provide assistance to veterans who may need home repairs.

Who Can Sign Up for a service dog?: Disabled Veterans
Who can sign up for adaptive sports: Disabled Veterans


How much does it cost to participate:
FREE

What kind of Service dogs are offered by the organization?:
Typically a Golden Labrador puppy, some Veterans want to participate with their own dog which is permitted if their dog can pass certain criteria.

How long does it take to acquire the service dog after signing up?:
Less than a month

Where does the organization get their puppies to train?:
They have a network of breeders from across the United States that have been very generous providing puppies.

Where do the veterans sign up to participate?:
Visit www.honoringamericaswarriors.org and complete the application.

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$FREE

US Veterans Rowing and Kayaking Foundation

US Veterans Rowing and Kayaking Foundation

What makes US Veterans Rowing & Kayaking Foundation unique?:
To help facilitate growth and recovery for injured and disabled veterans through recreational rehabilitation adaptive rowing and kayaking.

Who Can Sign Up to Participate?:
All veterans, especially injured/disabled. Any armed forces, including First Responders.

How much does it cost to participate:
No cost but each person must register on our website.

What kind of activities are offered by the organization?:
Currently only accepting applications for upcoming international World Military Rowing & Kayaking Federation Championships in Krakaw, Poland on May 22-24, 2022.

How long do the activities last? :
Each location is seasonal and has their own schedule.

Where do the veterans sign up to participate?:
On our website www.veteransrowing.org is where the can send us a secure email.

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$FREE

Giving Back USA

Giving Back USA

What makes Giving Back USA unique?
Giving Back USA is a Veteran/First Responder-founded, all volunteer organization dedicated to giving back to our heroes in uniform, both active, and veterans, and their immediate families. Located near Martinsville, VA, They provide meaningful supportive cognitive and behavioral therapeutic activities, peer support and education, crisis/suicide intervention, as well as Veteran/First Responder healthcare/mental health resource connection, coordination, advocate & liaison services. If one of our heroes is in the middle of an emotional or mental health crisis, that is not the time to let them try to navigate “The System” (VA care, Private Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, etc) that is cluttered, inefficient, and in many cases designed with so much red tape, and obstacles to obtaining help, the Veteran/First Responder simply give up.

They utilize a combination of public and private properties which support a wide variety of outdoor individual and family activities, including hunting, fishing, horseback/ATV riding, and more. We use these activities to engage with, foster a peer supporting peer environment, while communicating our own experiences, successes, and failures, and saying the things that need to be said, and having the conversations that need to be had.

Who Can Sign Up to Participate?:
Heroes in uniform, both active, and veterans, and their immediate families.

How much does it cost to participate:
$0.00, licensing fees are participant’s responsibility unless they are cost prohibitive, in which case we may be able to cover that on a case by case basis.

What kind of activities are offered by the organization?:
Hunting, fishing, shooting, ATV riding

How long do the activities last? :
1-3 days

Where do the veterans sign up to participate?:
Info@givingbackusa.org

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$FREE

Veteran Bushido Brotherhood

Veteran Bushido Brotherhood

What makes Veteran Bushido Brotherhood unique?
They provide community through group fitness
(jiu-jitsu,mma,crossfit...)

Who Can Sign Up to Participate?:
Honorable discharged Veterans

How much does it cost to participate:
Free, No cost.

What kind of activities are offered by the organization?:
Jiu-jitsu, crossfit, boxing, mma, wrestling, group fitness....

How long do the activities last? :
They provide a 3 month membership

Where do the veterans sign up to participate?
www.veteranbushidobrotherhood.com
Veteranbushidobrotherhood@gmail.com

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$FREE

Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma

Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma

What makes Wounded Veterans Of Oklahoma unique?
Caring For The Wounded, Honoring The Fallen, Continuing The Mission.

Who Can Sign Up to Participate?:
Honorably Discharged Veterans, Active Military, Law Enforcement, First Responders

How much does it cost to participate:
Free to all participants

What kind of activities are offered by the organization?:
Hunting, Salt Water Fishing, Fresh Water Fishing, Boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Hiking, Camping, ATV's, Shooting Sports

How long do the activities last?:
Hours and/or Days

Where do the veterans sign up to participate?:
Event opportunities will be posted on Wounded Veterans of Oklahoma Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/woundedvetsok

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$FREE

K9 Partners for Patriots

K9 Partners for Patriots

What makes K9 Partners for Patriots unique?:
They exist to give veterans and active military a second chance at life by honoring and empowering those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma through the experience of training and caring for their own service dog.

Who Can Sign Up for a service dog?:
Active Duty and Veterans with service connected PTSD, TBI, or MST. If no longer active, must possess a honorable discharge and pass a background check.

How much does it cost to participate:
No cost to the veteran.

What kind of Service dogs are offered by the organization?:
We’re bringing a measure of peace and functionality to veterans who are facing a war all over again as they cope with anxieties born of service-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and/or military sexual trauma (MST).

How long does it take to get the service dog after signing up?:
There are no long waiting lists or periods to sweat out. You will have to wait to start class while we find the right dog for you but you will be involved in that process. Once you’ve been matched with a K9, you will be scheduled to start the next available Basic Level Class. We get you started on a positive path forward right away!

Where does the organization get their puppies to train?:
Over 80% of our K9s are rescues. If there is already a dog in the home that may be used as a service dog, our dog acquisition team will temperament test and evaluate the dog to see if he/she can be accepted into the program.

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$FREE