Posted on Sep 30, 2020
SSgt Kim Slininger
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I am a disabled Veteran who owns and operates a Therapeutic Horsemanship program for those affected by PTSD. This therapy was part of the VA spending plan, but it is only accessible through the Adaptive Sport Grant. Mental Health is not a sport, so why would Optum Care not cover this therapy? Therapeutic horsemanship programs are available across the US and the majority of them rely on grants and donations. If a program does not receive a grant, then their program is at risk, as are the Veterans who rely on the program to help them heal.
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GySgt Gary Cordeiro
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Therapy horses are just as good as therapy dogs
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SSgt Kim Slininger
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Thank you! I believe it is just as good.
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LT Christopher Miller
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Great question. There is a veteran horse therapy program in Virginia Beach, and I would love to participate.
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LT Christopher Miller
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I should have done some research before posting. It turns out the therapy is free to veterans, at least here in Virginia.
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SSgt Kim Slininger
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Generally speaking, if the program is free to Veterans, then they have received a grant making that possible. What happens when they don't receive a grant? Then the program is at risk as the organization scrambles to find funding for the program.
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