Veteran Helps Others Find Peace Through Horses

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1123549/retired-veteran-helps-others-find-peace-through-horses

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FORT BENNING, Ga., March 20, 2017 — Life can be full of stress that is unavoidable. Anything from the irritation of dealing with road-raging drivers to the anxiety of coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, it can be a lot to handle.

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Rhodes was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving 30-straight months in Iraq starting in 2003. Upon returning home, he discovered that horses helped him regroup. Now, he runs a nonprofit organization, the Warrior Outreach Ranch, which helps veterans and their families reconnect and relax by learning to deal with horses. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Rhodes was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving 30-straight months in Iraq starting in 2003. Upon returning home, he discovered that horses helped him regroup. Now, he runs a nonprofit organization, the Warrior Outreach Ranch, which helps veterans and their families reconnect and relax by learning to deal with horses. Army Reserve photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato

Of course, stress and PTSD are not always limited to veterans alone — many family members and civilians can have similar weight on their shoulders, and sometimes the weight can just be too much.

But in these situations, people just need a horse to save the day, said retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Rhodes, owner of Warrior Outreach in Fortson, Ga. After serving 30 consecutive months in Iraq in 2003, Rhodes said, he found it hard to readjust to life back home and suffered in silence because he feared the stigma associated with asking for help.