There are 31,536,000 seconds each year. Experiencing a deployment is like mentally counting every second, but also trying to occupy your mind with other things.
My husband is currently serving his third deployment overseas since we’ve been married, and I’m using the time that he’s gone to take some classes at Salt Lake Community College while maintaining some normalcy for our three children.
As a new student at SLCC, I’ve been introduced to the Thayne Center through one of my classes. One of the objectives in my class is to volunteer for 10 hours at an SLCC-approved community partner.
I chose the non-profit Headin’ Home, because their cause is close to my heart. They provide free equine therapy to veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD, as well as adults or children with special needs.
The beauty of this organization is that the horses are rescued from abuse and neglect, and through the healing power of equine therapy, veterans and others can begin to heal their own mind, body, and spirit. A continuous circle begins, with the horses healing people, and the people healing horses as well.
This organization welcomes everyone, and volunteers are always needed!
If students find themselves searching for a community partner to volunteer with, I highly recommend contacting Headin’ Home and volunteering. I have limited equine experience, and they have been patient and knowledgeable with me as I’ve learned about the program.