In the hills above Ashcroft, British Columbia, sits a place created to help military and veterans, first responders and families receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Honor Ranch is the latest project created by the nonprofit Honor House, inspired by one of its volunteers.
“I’ve already witnessed tremendous success. We’re going to save hundreds and hundreds of lives at Honor Ranch,” said Allan DeGenova, president of the Honor House Society. “We feel good and we can operate all year round. PTSD doesn’t wait…it’s there all the time and we can treat people all year round.
One of the many volunteers who help run the facility spoke with PKBNEWS.
“My late husband, Joseph Allina, was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 15 years. Sadly, he lost his battle with PTSD in 2018 and took his own life,” said Nadine Geddert, RCMP officer and Honor House volunteer. “We hope that Honor Ranch can serve as a place where (people) can get additional support and help. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to (this question). »
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The ranch has purchased a number of horses that will help with the therapy. Something Geddert will help with.
But right now, the ranch is facing a different kind of power problem. His vehicle is out of breath.
Honor House entered a competition to win a Land Rover Defender to replace their old truck. He is one of five finalists from across North America.
“(This) will help us tremendously so that we can help our men and women in uniform who give unconditionally to the people of this province,” DeGenova said.
The public can vote for Honor Ranch on the Land Rover Canada Defender Service Awards website or on Honor House social media sites until October 4.
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