SOUL Veterans Animal Therapy Troops
We are excited to have launched the “SOUL Veterans Animal Therapy Troops.” This impactful program for veterans, active military members and their families is held on the last Sunday of every month at SOUL Harbour Ranch from 10:30am-12:00pm.
We love that so many veterans and their families join us every month for SOULful connections with our therapy animals and also enjoy the camaraderie of one another.
Through our SOUL to SOUL visits (Sharing of Unconditional Love) with our miniature therapy horses, therapy dogs, therapy cat, miniature donkeys and big horses, we hope to lessen the symptoms of those who might suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can follow war trauma. Research has demonstrated that for PTSD, animal-assisted therapy can (1) be dramatically effective in improving PTSD symptoms; (2) benefit those in need by multiple different animals besides canines for PTSD (miniature horses and donkeys included!); and (3) may have a role in preventing suicide in patients with PTSD.
We send a heartfelt thank you to United States Air Force pilot Lt. Colonel Gina Stramaglio (also one of our SOUL Volunteers!) who has been instrumental in bringing greater awareness of our SOUL Veterans program to veterans and active military throughout the Chicagoland area. *We pray for Gina's safety during her current deployment and await her safe return home at the end of May, 2022.
The SOUL Veterans program includes the following:
Monthly Saturday visits to Chicagoland’s Jesse Brown VA Hospital by our SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program registered therapy teams (registered therapy dogs and registered miniature therapy horses). Visits will be held on the last Saturday of the month. Until further notice, hospital visits have been postponed due to COVID-19
Monthly Sunday visits for veterans to visit SOUL Harbour Ranch. On the last Sunday of every month, Barrington area veterans are be invited to visit with our registered therapy animals from 10:30am-12pm for some “SOUL” time: “Sharing Of Unconditional Love.” We will host guest speakers from the 5 branches of the Armed Forces to share their experiences with our audience. Please email us if you would like to be considered as a guest speaker firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest Singer for the National Anthem and Guest Speaker presentations: we welcome guests to sing the national anthem and/or to be guest veteran speakers. Please email us if you would like to be considered as a guest singer or speaker. email@example.com
Since Barrington has portions of our community in 4 counties, we welcome Cook, Lake, McHenry and Kane County Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, Veterans and their military families for visits. PLEASE SHARE OUR PROGRAM INFORMATION through social media to ensure that more area veterans will be made aware of our program. If you know military personnel, both active and veteran status, please tell them about the SOUL Veterans Animal Therapy Troops!
Our monthly onsite program is handicapped-accessible, comfortable, convenient, and safe.
Thank you to the Barrington Area Community Foundation for your support of this program!