The National Veterans Foundation (NVF) has partnered with Alison Booth-Babcock, the president and founder of the American Association of Equine Sports Preservation (AAESP), to raise funds for the NVF’s veteran service programs and to develop a new equine wellness program for Veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and depression.
Horse therapy, along with companion animal therapy, has proven in many instances to be a very effective treatment for Veterans suffering from PTSD and other combat related conditions.
“We’re excited about this collaboration with Allison,” said NVF President and Founder Shad Meshad. “Allison’s commitment to American Veterans is impressive. We are happy to be working with her to raise awareness and support for our effort to stop 22 veteran suicides a day and to develop this new horse therapy program. She’s the right person to head it up, and we believe equine therapy can be a great treatment for many vets suffering from combat related PTSD and other conditions.”
“I’m honored to be working with the NVF to help Veterans,” said Allison Booth-Babcock. “As a PTSD survivor myself, helping veterans achieve greater wellness gives meaning to my suffering. 100% of the money we raise is going towards NVF’s programs for veterans, with a portion being used to develop a new equine wellness program for veterans suffering from PTSD.”
The mission of AAESP is to protect the historical, cultural and economic value of equestrian sports, and related industries, throughout the world in recognition of the innumerable contributions of horses to mankind over centuries. Allison Booth founded the organization in 2013. Allison has been active in the horse world for most of her life. She championed the preservation effort of the Hollywood Park Racetrack and led the effort to save Hialeah Park, Florida, and the endangered flock of flamingos that called the park home.
Since 1985, the National Veterans Foundation has helped over 350,000 veterans and their families with crisis and information services through the nation’s first toll-free, vet-to-vet hotline for all U.S. veterans and their families. Our veteran counselors provide veterans and their families with information, counseling and service referrals for issues related to suicide, VA benefits, mental health counseling, housing, medical services, education benefits, financial issues and more.