Combat Veterans Cowboy Up
Organized by: T P
Combat Veterans Cowboy Up (CVCU) was founded in 2008 with the sole purpose of developing an effective recovery program for Veterans suffering from the effects of PTSD from combat, military sexual assault trauma, traumatic brain injury, and other military-related trauma. They incorporate Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning as their core methodology. The distinctive techniques that have been developed over the years surrounding Equine Assisted Psychotherapy are proving to be one of the most effective treatment available today when used in conjunction with traditional mental health therapy.
The driving forces behind the development of this program is:
• That all veterans deserve support to begin healing from the ravages of mental trauma and to enjoy emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and mental health.
• That the best practices from EAP and Traditional Psychotherapy should be understood and incorporated for the benefit of our veterans.
• That in providing mental health care to a veteran, the best interests of the client will always be paramount.
The founder and director, John Nash, is a Vietnam Veteran, and has experienced PTSD firsthand. In 2006 he had a personal experience with horses that helped him realize that he had been suffering from PTSD and severe depression for years. Through interaction with his wife’s horse, Rain, he discovered the powerful impact of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. He worked with conventional therapists and horses to overcome his demons, and now he has dedicated his life to helping others who are also affected by this mental condition. Combat Veterans Cowboy Up is a very extraordinary and righteous cause that delivers a life-changing experience to the people in which they help, so any donation given to this wonderful cause is greatly appreciated.