Granger Legacy: A 501c3 Non-Profit focused on assisting in transitioning veterans, current service members, and their families with combating the high suicide rate among this demographic. Programs are directed at the following mental and behavioral health disorders; Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Combat-related Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), Suicidal Tendencies, among others. GL also strives to build and strengthen the community itself by networking veterans with other veterans as well as networking with other veteran organizations to provide the best support possible to our nation’s warriors.
Equine Programs: Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy programs offered for the currently serving and veteran community and their families.
Locations: Kentucky location: Renegade Ranch, located in Cecilia, KY.
California location: Old Double R Ranch, located in Calimesa, CA.
Equine Assisted Learning: The EAL program being offered is open to any qualified veteran and their family. The EAL Program emphasizes the use of non-verbal tasks to better be able to communicate with others. Some of the skillsets and disorders that are targeted are as follows:
• Emphasizing relationships and communication
• Developing positive self –esteem
• Empathy towards others
• Self-regulation for children with ADD/ ADHD
• Sensory Processing Disorder
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, & Symptoms of PTSD
** Equine Assisted Learning does NOT involve riding, only ground work, interaction, and relationship building with the horses.**
Research has shown that by interacting with horses, people learn to provide and recognize non-verbal communication skills to the horse. This allows for the opportunity to self-reflect on the meaning of their own behavior and attitude and gives the Equine Specialist the opportunity to translate those behaviors to human to human interaction. The use of different horses allows for each session to target the individual’s needs and behaviors.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: The EAP program is offered to qualified veterans and their family members. EAP is a confidential therapy session completed with a team including a licensed mental health professional and an equine specialist. The EAP team works with the clients using the interactions with the horse as a gateway to building a therapeutic alliance and progressing to a better quality of mental health for the patient. These sessions abide by the same HIPPA laws as a regular office visit to a licensed mental health professional. The tranquil setting of the ranch offers a calm environment for therapeutic sessions targeting symptoms of service connected disabilities relating to:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder & Major Depressive Disorder
• Social Anxiety
• Military Sexual Trauma
• Combat related TBI
** Equine Assisted Psychotherapy does NOT involve riding, only ground work, interaction, and relationship building with the horses.**
**EAP is done on a case by case basis in both individual and family therapy sessions**
Warrior to Warrior Program: The W2W program would pair a qualified, rescued horse with a qualified veteran with the intent that the veteran will complete the necessary training for the horse to be rehabilitated mentally, emotionally, and physically. This training would be guided by the GL professionals with the hope that the sense of purpose would provide a mission for the veteran and equine duo. This sense of purpose can assist with the reintegration to civilian life for the veteran.
GLOK Kids Camp: A fun day camp offered for the children of current service members and veterans. Focuses on communication and building resiliency experienced during a military childhood.
Outdoor Programs: Camping, fishing trips, meteorite hunting, and prospecting are all programs that are run on a monthly basis at both locations. GL organizes these adventures for our warriors to be able to get out and enjoy a break from the demands and stresses of everyday life. This allows for personal reflection, comradery, and restoring peace for our warriors.
Funding: GL is a 501c3 Non-Profit, relying on grants, sponsorships, and public and private donations to fund the EAP and EAL programs for the military community. Types of donations include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Ranch equipment
• Arena’s and Fencing material
• Veterinary Services
• Farrier Services
• Corporate Sponsorships
• Camping equipment
• Fishing equipment
• Chuck wagon accessories
Reintegration, suicide prevention, and a healthy quality of life are the main goals of the programs above. With the support of the community, GL can make a big difference in the lives of our country’s Warriors and their families. It is important to note that GL does NOT charge veterans, current service members, or their families for any services GL provides. We rely solely on donations and the support of the community.