We here at Dark Horse Performing Arts Foundation believe that we need to honor the sacrifices, courage, and patriotism of the men and women who have worn the military uniform. America is the land of opportunity and a beacon of hope and freedom to the rest of the world, it is because of our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen that fight everyday for our country's freedom and our rights.
Whether they stormed the beaches of Normandy, fought in the jungles of Vietnam, or battled in the sands of Iraq or the mountains of Afghanistan, our brave brothers and sisters in uniform have always put our country and values first. As the son, grandson, nephew of World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans, and I myself an Army veteran, this is a personal and solemn obligation that I hold dear to my heart.
Because of their bravery and sacrifices, we need to take care of our veterans. This is equally important as honoring and remembering them. A significant number of those returning to civilian life suffer from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and other behavioral health conditions and, sadly, far too many of us are not receiving the proper care that we deserve. These conditions can lead to family strife, trouble holding down a job, or in some extreme cases, suicide. Our veterans fought for us during some of our nation’s most difficult challenges and now we must fight for them during their time of need.
Currently, there are about twenty-two million veterans in America and rising, with over one million of them living in the state of California, many of them are suffering from PTSD or other disabilities. we must remember that veterans often face a different battle when trying to reclaim their civilian lives. We must remember that not all battle scars are visible, and we must ensure that we provide the same level of quality care to all our service-members, whether they are suffering from the physical or psychological wounds of war.
This is where organizations like T.H.E. Center and their program: Horses for Heroes come in to help veterans that are trying to adjust to civilian life and the effects of PTSD and other behavioral health conditions. T.H.E. Center (Therapeutic Horsemanship Equestrian Center) Horses for Heroes Program helps veterans through Equine-Assisted therapy and traditional horseback riding, the program is designed to help Veterans and their families cope with the psychological and physical effects, including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, from their time in service. These services are free of charge to qualifying Veterans and their families. Each session is designed to fit the specific needs and goal of the participating Veteran.
Through fundraisers like the El Diablo Casino Night and other yearly events hosted by the Dark Horse Performing Arts Foundation, we are able to donate to these great organizations that can continue to provide programs like “Horses for Heroes” and to local and regional veterans communities.
By participating at one of our yearly events or by donating to the Dark Horse Performing Arts Foundation or to one of the local charity that specializes in helping veterans, we can ensure that our proud veterans get the help that they need. By donating money or your time, you will be doing your part in helping out our veterans.
It’s important to never forget our veterans and the sacrifices they have made.
So thank you veterans, past, present, and future for your service. You will never be forgotten and we as citizens will forever be indebted to you. Just as you have shaped our history you will shape our future. Continue to be the few, the strong, and the brave.
We Thank you.