"We are not defined by our many scars,
but by what we do after the wounds close."
Heroes and Horses is a unique program that uses the remote wilderness and the horse/human connection to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.
The Heroes and Horses program re-galvanizes our nation’s veterans, challenging them to rediscover who they are and what they can be moving forward. Heroes and Horses’ focus is not about what happened, but what can happen when one chooses to press on.
By “challenging what challenges them,” Heroes and Horses provides veterans the chance to make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones.
Remote wilderness challenges, invokes change, and develops new ways to approach and solve problems. By challenging what challenges them, veterans can make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones.
Heroes and Horses provides extreme expedition-style horse pack trips teaching self-reliance, teamwork and perseverance. Experienced instructors, many who are combat veterans themselves, lead teams of veterans and their pack animals into the wilderness on epic, life-changing journeys of discovery.
Unlike any other program, the self-efficacy principals applied through the Heroes and Horses program are proven. Heroes and Horses inspires veterans to move beyond the difficulties experienced from years of war, towards a life of restoration and hope.
When you donate to Heroes and Horses, your money goes to fund a solider through a 3-phase/completion program, at no cost to the veteran. The return on investment is measured each year. The impact from your giving is demonstrated in the lives of the veterans you help to sponsor. Investing in the lives of the America’s combat veterans builds national capital, strengthening families, communities, and our nation.
US NAVY (VET)
Micah Fink has spent 10 years in the Navy SEAL Teams, both active duty and reserves. He conducted operations involving land and undersea mobility platforms in USPACOM, USCENTCOM, and a National Tasking deployment, earning him numerous awards including the Bronze Star. Fink is a an avid outdoorsman, hunter and skier. A sponsored free diver, tactical athlete and Ironman, his experience, expertise, and passion for helping people is reflected in his devotion to the Heroes and Horses program. Fink is married and has three children. Fink currently serves as Executive Director for Heroes and Horses.
COL Tom Brewer
US ARMY (RET)
Tom Brewer is a 36-year Army veteran who has served his country with honor, valor and courage. A two-time recipient of the Purple Heart, Col. Brewer flew AH-1 Cobras in Desert Storm and was instrumental in curtailing drug trafficking in Afghanistan. The Brewers are a dedicated military family. His wife is a military veteran and their two grown children serve in the National Guard and ROTC. Brewer sits on the Board of Directors for Heroes and Horses and serves as an expedition leader.
MCPO Bob Audiss
US NAVY (RET)
Bob Audiss is a 33 -year Navy veteran, serving his country in numerous special operations as a duty corpsman and SEAL diving instructor. As Command Master Chief, Audiss served with the Combined Task Force Honor of Africa, earning the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. Audiss currently specializes in technical and physical security consulting. Audiss sits on the Board of Directors for Heroes and Horses and serves as an expedition instructor.
Secretary / Treasurer
Sarah Day is a Montana native and has always had a love of horses. She has a BA in Economics from Connecticut College, her Master’s in Professional Accountancy from Montana State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is currently employed with Wipfli LLP and works in both tax and auditing. Sarah lives in Bozeman, MT and enjoys dancing, hiking and horseback riding.
Dr. Douglas Johnson
US Coast Guard
Douglas C. Johnson, Ph.D. is Deputy Command Psychologist at Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, CA. He earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UCLA, and completed two years of post-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine and the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the National Center for PTSD. Dr. Johnson is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist, and specializes in brain-behavior relationships of elite performers under stress. He has published over thirty articles in top-tier scientific journals on topics related to brain function, stress, and performance.
Dr. Johnson has conducted high-magnitude stress research with Special Operations Forces (SOF) during live-fire, Close-Quarters Combat (CQC) training, Survival School (SERE), USMC Reconnaissance Training, and SEAL Qualification Training (SQT). He is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and spent 12 years on active-duty. After 9/11 he served as a psychologist for the U.S. Intelligence Community, and in 2006 was selected as the American Psychological Association (APA) and Department of Defense (DoD) Counterintelligence Summer Fellow. Dr. Johnson is an Eagle Scout. He and wife Linda have been married for 22 years, and have three children.
LT Chad Hutchins
US NAVY (RET)
Chad Hutchins is a retired U.S. Navy Mustang. He served as an enlisted Information Systems Technician and Surface Warfare Officer. Hutchins holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Citadel and a Master’s Degree from Naval Postgraduate School. Hutchins’ last tour as a Naval officer was as Navy Region Northwest’s Regional Director for Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor. He is an avid runner, outdoorsman and trout fisherman. Hutchins is a proud father of three. Hutchins currently serves as the Administrative Director for Heroes and Horses.
DR. DOUGLAS JOHNSON
Heroes And Horses Veterans Program
Team Building - Leadership Development - Rehabilitation - Empowerment
Heroes and Horses program is available to qualified veterans at no cost. Applicants are referred from a combination of sources, including American Legion, the Veterans Administration, military hospitals, military family support units, etc. If you or someone you know is a combat veteran and a candidate for our program, please contact us.
Heroes and Horses is a unique program that uses the remote wilderness and the horse/human connection to challenge and inspire personal growth in combat veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.
Phase 1 (Stress Inoculation Phase)
During the first phase of the Heroes and Horses program, participants will travel to Montana where they will attend the Heroes and Horses Training Camp at Montana Horses, Inc. at the Mantle Ranch in Three Forks, MT. While there, they will receive three full days of instruction in horsemanship, riding, and pack training. Upon the completion of the 27-step Ultimate Horse Course, the expedition team embarks on a 6-day journey of overland, high mountain travel that includes setting and breaking camp daily and some of the world’s best fishing.
Phase 2 (Application Phase)
Retuning the same season, Phase 1 graduates of the Heroes and Horses program return to Montana to apply what they have learned, this time in the Beartooth Mountains. Phase 2 begins with advanced horsemanship, comprehensive pack training, and wilderness survival skills taught by leading experts in the field. The expedition team departs to the high plateau for 4 days of remote high-altitude travel to remote lakes and a chance to practice acquired survival skills. The last two days soldiers are paired with a “buddy” spending two days alone making their way back to base camp.
Phase 3 (Integration Phase)
In Phase 3, participants have the opportunity to work with a wilderness outfitter as a top hand, setting up high camps and running pack strings. The skills acquired during Phases 1 and 2 of the Heroes and Horses program are then put into practice. The integration into a different societal structure, away from the safety of their peer group, simulates entering the workforce. This is self-efficacy.
There are no out-of-pocket costs for veterans. Veterans are referred from a combination of sources, including American Legion, the VA, various military hospitals, peer and self-referrals.
Our team building activities are an ongoing process that helps our group evolve during our 3 phases of training. Our veterans not only share their stories but their challenges to accomplishing lifes tasks. Support from our team helps build trust and develop a cohesive unit.
Our leadership development enhances the quality of the individual within our teams. We focus on skills and training that will enable the veteran to better learn how to influence, communicate, make better decisions and help build their moral courage.
Many of our veterans wounds run very deep from their personal or professional life's experiences. Our goal is to provide them other life experiences that will help them heal from within.
Our desire is to empower the veteran with many tools to help them in their lives. From making better decisions, having access to information and resources or making the veteran realize - they can still make a difference.
get involved and make a difference.
Heroes and Horses serves as a public trust focused on the restoration of America’s combat veterans.
10 Ways YOU can help Heroes and Horses:
1. Sponsor a veteran by covering the cost of the Heroes and Horses 3-phase program
2. Donate gear, tack, feed, etc. to the Heroes and Horses program
3. Provide horse training and/or experienced help with horses and mules
4. Donate use of land/ranch for Heroes and Horses training
5. Organize a fundraiser in your hometown for Heroes and Horses
6. Ask a Heroes and Horses representative to speak at your group function
7. Donate silent auction items to Heroes and Horses
8. “Like” Heroes and Horses on facebook (www.facebook.com/HeroesAndHorses) and share with your friends.
9. Donate creative services to Heroes and Horses such as photography/film production
10. Donate air time/ad space to Heroes and Horses to help us reach veterans in need
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Heroes & Horses is an organization for combat veterans, administered by combat veterans. The men and women that make up the Heroes and Horses organization possess a unique understanding of what our servicemen and women experience when returning home from the battlefield. The Heroes and Horses program is tailored specifically to address those needs.
Heroes and Horses provides a path to restoration by providing combat veterans who have been injured and/or diagnosed with PTSD with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconnect with their strengths and develop their leadership potential. Our goal is to help as many veterans as possible, but we can’t do it alone.
Please help us spread the word about Heroes and Horses. If you or someone you know is a combat veteran that has been injured and/or diagnosed with PTSD, we want to hear from you.
Please visit our Contact Page or call us at 406-284-2870.
Heroes and Horses is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your generous, tax deductible donation to Heroes and Horses can change the life of an injured warrior returning home from the battlefield. Thank-you.
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