"No one goes to war and comes back unscathed." Soldiers in the U.S. do not have any sort of facilitation to help ease back into society after war. Serving in combat can affect soldiers long after they return home from war. For some, the wounds are physical and visible. For others, they go deeper, affecting their mental health. Staff at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia, use horses to help veterans heal their invisible wounds.


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  • Learn more about Boulder Crest Retreat, a rural wellness center in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to combat veterans and their families.
  • Read more about equine therapy, and all the physical, occupational and emotional issues with which these therapies can assist.
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