VETERAN COALITION OF APPROVED RESOURCES:
HEROES ON THE WATER: Heroes on the Water, a 501(c)(3) veterans charity, creates alternative therapeutic programs to serve veterans, active-duty military personnel, first responders and their families. These experiential programs incorporate structured activities proven to improve the lives of these men and women. Each experience reduces the impact of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury while providing much-needed camaraderie and support.
The primary proven therapy utilized by Heroes on the Water is kayak fishing. Volunteer-led chapters around the United States hold events which are free for our nation’s heroes. Recurring activities give these heroes and their families a lifelong social network with like-minded people. No experience or equipment is needed, and kayak fishing is adaptive to those with disabilities.
VETERAN EQUINE THERAPY SPECIALISTS (V.E.T.S): V.E.T.S. was created in January 2019 by Matt Cahill. Matt was retiring from the active Army after a car accident in September of 2017 while on duty, assisted in ending his military career. Matt had searched the South Jersey area for an Equine Therapy program that focused specifically on PTSD. There were none that were found. In August of 2019 Matt found Jeanne Mahoney through a mutual friend on Facebook. Jeanne had just retired from the Veterans Administration (VA) and wanted to work with Veterans ….specifically with PTSD. Jeanne founded Equine Assisted Therapy of New Jersey (EAT of NJ) in 2008. Jeanne is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & has numerous PATH certifications as well as the therapy horses needed for the program to begin.
In order for Veterans to receive this unique type of treatment quickly…..by a Combat Veteran himself & a VA retiree herself…..Jeanne & Matt merged to get 2 programs off the ground by October 2019. One of the sessions was run out of the Gloucester County Dream Park while the other session was run out of the EAT farm. Both programs were run at absolutely no cost to the Veterans that participated! Matt & Jeanne want to continue these programs utilizing grants and funding from sources other than from the Veterans. While running the programs, many Veterans & some spouses have expressed interest & desire for future programs. As of now, finding funding will be the focus so that further programs can be offered in January of 2020.
PAWS HEALING HEROES: The mission of Paws Healing Heroes is to raise money, through community events and donations and provide service dogs, primarily those in shelters, to Veterans in need. Paws Healing Heroes was founded by Glassboro native Mark Eberle, an Army Veteran who suffers from the affects of war as well.
WOUNDED VETERAN – Pheasant Hunt: The mission of the Wounded Veteran Pheasant Hunt
is to provide a positive, cost-free experience for our nation’s
heroes through brotherhood and the outdoors.