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By Barb Eidlin
The Southern Illinoisan 

EXCHANGE: Stables program heals veterans one ride at a time

 


MAKANDA, Ill. (AP) — When retired Army veteran Kevin MacDonald walked into Giant City Stables for the first time, it was because he got a phone call from the Marion VA wondering if he would be interested in participating in a pilot project.

The project offered equine therapy to veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues through Specialized Equine Services' therapeutic program, which was already in place at the stables.

MacDonald, who lives in Vienna but grew up just outside Boston, said that while he had a love of horses growing up, city life didn't offer much opportunity...



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