Written by Dan Burkhart
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation (the Foundation) has awarded $7,000 this year for the Horses Spirits Healing Inc. (HSHI) equine therapy for veterans program, operated at the Intermountain Equestrian Center.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and its recognition for the importance of HSHI’s programs to help our hurting Veterans heal,” said HSHI Paul Gatzemeier, President. “The Foundation understands our veterans rendered a valuable service to our country and we need to be mindful of the injuries and disabilities many suffered in doing so.”
HSHI offers programs through trained instructors and VA counselors providing a variety of measured activities for veterans with service-related disabilities including PTSD, amputees, spinal cord and traumatic brain injury.
Montana alone has over 100,000 Veterans with Billings being home to one-quarter of them. Using Veteran Administration national statistics, this translates to approximately 3,500 veterans in the Billings area having service-related disabilities that could benefit from HSHI’s programs.
HSHI is located at the Intermountain Equestrian Center, 7256 Hwy 3, Billings, Mont. 59106. HSHI is a 501 C(3) nonprofit.