Operation Warrior Refuge is dedicated to helping the Military, Veterans, and First responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and combat stress by giving them the tools and resources they need to cope with Symptoms of PTSD and combat stress using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Which is an on the ground, hands on approach to therapy using horses.
Operation Warrior Refuge Inc. is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) founded in 2013 by Sarah Williams (Army combat veteran) Diane McKissicK (EAGALA certified therapist with over 10 years of experience) Julie Devine (EAGALA Certified therapist and horse specialist). These three women came together with a common goal; to bring high quality, accessible therapy and resources to Warriors. OWR has partnered with a local equestrian center – The Greenwell Foundation. OWR provides outreach to groups and organizations in the community to bring First Responders and Veterans to OWR programs.
We value our warriors who have served our country. We strive to help them heal their emotional wounds by providing the tools they need to cope with the symptoms of PTSD. We value horses and believe they are a valuable tool to help warriors heal. We value working together as a community in Southern Maryland to help Warriors find the peace and happiness they deserve.
- Raise Awareness about PTSD and how it affects Veterans.
- Raise Awareness about Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and how it helps with PTSD
- Create an all-inclusive holistic program to help and provide resources and therapy to Warriors with PTSD and their families.
- Create a community that provides refuge and support to Warriors and their families.