A group of veterans use horse therapy to support children during Month of the Military Child
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – April is Month of the Military Child and a group of Kentuckians are honoring often overlooked family members.
“It’s been a month since we can really focus on the needs of the military children of people who have served,” said Jeremy Harrell, founder and CEO of Veteran’s Club Inc.
According to the US Department of Defense, there are more than 1.6 million military children of active duty members.
“They have parents who often train outdoors or there are multiple deployments, there’s a lot of separation,” Harrell said.
He has four of his own.
“Military kids move to a new place, they don’t always have the opportunity to create these new relationships, these long-term friendships, so we provide a space for them to do that on the farm with the horses,” he said. -he declares. .
The Veterans Club uses animals to break down barriers. More than 50 children visited a farm in Taylorsville on Saturday to learn about horses, interact with other children and have conversations about being the child of a veteran or first speaker.
“They really allow us to practice our communication, our body language and how to overcome many challenges,” he said.
Harrell said military children had to make sacrifices that many adults wouldn’t understand.
“I can’t get too attached to mum or dad because I don’t see them much and maybe they have to go fight in battle and maybe they don’t come back,” he said. he declares.
He said that because of their parents’ service, their childhood might be different.
“Some veterans can’t go out in crowds, can’t do certain things, it’s heartbreaking for a kid who just wants to go to the pool, to the amusement park, to the movies,” Harrell said.
Horses are brought in to help establish trust.
“We use horses as a segway in conversation for healing,” he said.
A month to raise awareness, a lifetime to encourage support.
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