Military vets to benefit from equine therapy research

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Grants of up to $50,000 are being offered for research focusing on equine-assisted therapy with military veterans.

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) is calling for research proposals investigating the therapeutic effects of equine-assisted activities (EEA) on military veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

This is the second call for proposals designated for veterans research, which has been made possible by seed funding from the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs (CPEAP).

HHRF Board President Lynn Shaw said it was thanks to CPEAP that a second round of research grants was available.

“It is because of visionaries like CPEAP that the promise of EAA can be realized and deserving veterans can be helped. We are grateful for their continued support,” she said.

Grants are selected on a competitive basis, taking into account scientific merit, scientific and clinical significance and relevance. Preference will be given to investigators with solid credentials and research experience. All applications undergo a rigorous four-tier review process completed by the scientific review committee. The average grant award is $50,000 for up to an 18-month period.

Deadline for submission of proposals is May 15, 2014.

Horses and Humans Research Foundation is entirely focused on its competitive research grant award programming, but it is not endowed for research, so must constantly fundraise in order to award research grants.

The Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs is an all volunteer organization that was founded to provide equine assisted therapy to the Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) at Bethesda, Maryland. The Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs was founded by certified Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor Mary Jo Beckman, Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Larry D. Pence, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Retired).


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