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Warrior Outreach Inc. is staffed entirely by volunteers and depends on YOUR donations!  

Our Mission  Provide Soldiers, Veterans and their Families from all of America’s conflicts an opportunity to connect with horses and receive group level Equine Assistance Training.  We strive to give OIF and OEF (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan) and all Veterans the confidence to achieve long term individual and family success.  We are staffed entirely by volunteers and are privately funded by your donations.   100% of your contributions go to providing  support to those who need it the most.  Warrior Outreach Inc. partners with Heartland Ranch Therapeutic Programs to support America’s Soldiers, Veterans and their Families.   The Wounded Warrior Horsemanship Program was founded in 2008 by CSM (retired) Sam Rhodes and was converted into Warrior Outreach Inc.  (a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to programs for the

developmentally delayed, high at-risk population and war wounded and peacetime Veterans and their families.)

Warrior Outreach Inc. Mission Statement

· 25 APR - 1-16th CAV 2nd Annual Spur Ride

· 3 MAY- Harris County Music festival donations to Warrior Outreach

· 10 MAY - riding Lessons

· TBD - Veterans Assistance Project

· 6 JUN - Warrior Outreach Golf Scramble free for 18 teams of Warriors or Veterans (See flier on Golf Page)

View a YouTube Video about the Warrior Outreach Horsemanship Event by clicking on the above video link

Warrior Outreach Inc. partners with

Master Sergeant Vincent Fall with great grandson Zack

Warrior Outreach, P.O. Box 7962, Columbus, GA 31908, Telephone: 706-505-0708

 

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Sam Rhodes Publishes New Book

I met Command Sergeant Major Sam Rhodes as we began our

efforts. One of my first visits to an Army installation in the spring of

2007 was to Fort Benning, Georgia, the home of the Army's infantry-

the toughest of the tough. During my visit, I was given a copy of the

post newspaper, The Bayonet, which had an article in it by CSM Rhodes discussing the challenges he faced in dealing with post-traumatic stress.   Given where we were as an Army at that time, I was immediately impressed by the courage it took to write the article and asked to meet Sam.

 

When we met, Sam shared his own story with me and explained his

growing passion to help other Soldiers suffering from post-traumatic

stress. I encouraged him to expand his efforts, and we kept in touch after he retired. He shared with me the feedback he received from Soldiers and their families after they had heard his presentations, and he gave me a copy of his first book, Changing the Military Culture of Silence. I could only be impressed as he carried his message across the country.

 

I have seen first-hand Sam's commitment to Soldiers and their

families, to removing the barriers to care for our Soldiers and veterans, and to extending a hand to the men and women of our society suffering from post-traumatic stress. Breaking the Chains of Stigma reflects his personal journey and experiences with post-traumatic stress. His mantra is, "One doesn't experience life without experiencing life-changing events.   It's how you handle those events that counts." That's great advice for everyone.

 

We all need to work on reducing the stigma attached to behavioral

health care-in society as well as in the military-but that is a daunting

Breaking The Chains Of Stigma Associated With Post Traumatic Stress task. To give you an idea of how hard major cultural change is, after four years of pushing very hard across the Army to eradicate the stigma, we had reduced the number of Soldiers who would not seek assistance for behavioral health issues from 90% to 50%. Although that was a big improvement, after four years of significant effort, we still hadn't reached half a million Soldiers. In April of 2013, I was pleased to see that the number for those that would refuse such care was down to around 35% of the force. We all still have work to do.

 

George W. Casey

General, United States Army (Retired)

Former Chief of Staff

Warrior Outreach and House of Heroes partnered to help MS Louise Miller, her husband, a military veteran, S.N. Miller passed away 22 years ago.  Volunteers from Fort Benning’s 63rd Engineer Company removed debris, cut trees and did numerous other repairs.   MS Miller said."I appreciate what you have done for me, I feel I have not been forgotten."  Special thanks goes to Home Depot in Phenix City for their support to this project.

Sam Rhodes Receives The 2014 “Retiree Volunteer Of The Year” Award At Fort Benning

After volunteering more than 1,000 hours last year to help soldiers and their families, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Rhodes said Tuesday there is still more work to be done.

 

“If you call me, I’m coming,” Rhodes said April 15, 2014 after receiving the 2014 Retiree Volunteer of the Year Award at Fort Benning. “The need is really great.”

 

Rhodes joined more than 100 soldiers, spouses, retired soldiers and other volunteers for recognition in a packed Derby Auditorium at McGinnis-Wickam Hall. Maj. Gen. H.R. McMaster, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, presented volunteers with a crystal and a certificate.

 

Some top volunteers also received gift certificates, special parking on post and a trip to Florida.

 

Starla De Saussure, Army volunteer coordinator on post, said volunteers logged more than 101,468 service hours on the installation with a value of more than $2 million.

 

In addition to helping soldiers, De Saussure said, volunteers serve as coaches for soccer, basketball, football and other sports. They are active in teaching and working at Santa’s Castle to provide toys to military families at Christmas.

 

“Volunteers are very important to the organizations,” she said. “If we didn’t have volunteers, a lot of organizations and programs would not be able to function properly.”Rhodes has been busy helping veterans since he retired in 2009 after 29 years of service. He founded the Warrior Outreach Inc., which includes a Horsemanship Program. He also serves as an adviser to House of Heroes, a nonprofit group that repairs the homes of military and police veterans.

 

So far this year, Rhodes said, he has volunteered about 300 hours by staying busy working on houses. “We’ve got a house this weekend,” he said. “We’ve got 12 soldiers and family members coming out to do that home.”The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Lynda Morgan, who not only supports the military but also civilian communities. She served as vice president of Santa’s Castle, raising money to buy toys for families in need.

 

The Volunteer Family of the Year was presented to the Crapo Family led by Lt. Col. Jeffrey Crapo of the 198th Infantry Brigade.

 

The family of four raised money for Santa’s Castle and helped distribute toys to more than 300 families.De Saussure said people should think about giving back to the community no matter how small the effort. “It has a significant impact if everybody took the time out to volunteer,” she said.

 

 

 

Sam Rhodes Receives The 2014 “Retiree Volunteer Of The Year” Award At Fort Benning

 

The Warrior Outreach Horsemanship event took place Saturday with heaps of volunteers and supporters of the program to include Families, Spalding County 4-H, USO, Heartland Ranch and Arena and 103.7 FM turning out in support of the event.

 

According to warrioroutreach.org, its mission is to “provide Soldiers, veterans and their Families from all of America’s conflicts an opportunity to connect with horses and receive group level Equine Assistance Training.”  Hands-on activities and viewing stations showed how horses are therapeutically beneficial and included horseback riding, animal care and a demonstration by Nick Smith, who was paralyzed from mid-chest down during a tractor accident several years ago.

 

Founded in 2008, Warrior Outreach became a nonprofit organization in 2012. The event has developed from a wounded warrior outreach program to a warrior and Family outreach program, said guest speaker Col. David Davidson, 316th Cavalry Brigade commander. Removing the stigma and calling everyone a volunteer helps promote a sense of belonging, said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Sam Rhodes, president and CEO of Warrior Outreach, Inc.    “The event is a great opportunity for the community to come out and see what Sam does,” Davidson said.

 

Heartland Ranch and Arena, a nonprofit organization, is partnered with Warrior Outreach Inc., and pledged $25,000 to the program and donated two horses, said Gardner Cahoon, Heartland board member.    The members of the Spalding County 4-H Mounted Drill Team performed and served as volunteers for children of different ages by assisting them with horse rides and answering questions, said Sherrie Morton, adult volunteer with the Mounted Drill Team.

 

The new addition to the event was a demonstration given by Nick Smith, former professional reining trainer and wheelchair-bound volunteer. Using a specially made saddle, he showed how he controlled the horse on the ground, how he rides it and how he gets on the horse, said Matthew Smith, volunteer and brother of Nick Smith.     “Nick is the first cutter ever that’s a quadriplegic to show up with a cutting horse,” Matthew Smith said.    After his accident, every doctor told his brother that he would never be able to ride a horse again; of course, he proved them wrong, Matthew Smith said.

 

“My goal was to be able to compete with able bodied people in cutting even though I am paralyzed,” Nick Smith said. “And, to show others that this is more mental than physical.   If it wasn’t for these horses, I probably wouldn’t even want to get out of bed. You have to keep yourself positive and keep positive people around.”    Nick Smith said he hopes to encourage others and show them that anything is possible and has future goals to be more independent when it comes to mounting a horse.

 

The event was dedicated to the late Lt. Col. Roger L. Hewitt. Cheryl Hewitt, his widow, said the dedication of the event to her late husband was a “wonderful gesture.”    Rhodes said he created the program after years of being in the military and a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress followed by a reconnection for a love of horses.

 

“When I was working around my horses it just kind of hit me and (realized) this feels good, this is really nice,” he said. “(I knew that) I want(ed) to do more. I owe a lot to the guys who didn’t make it back.”     In 2012, following a life-threatening incident, Rhodes said he spent $63,000 of his own money building the Warrior Outreach Center, which is located in Harris County. Since then, 15 more acres have been added with many structural goals in mind he said.     “People have to understand the gravity of how important life is right now,” Rhodes said. “I still want to do more.”

 

Fifty helmets were donated in memory of different people and different things, Rhodes said. That is how an organization is done — by a support of donations.   “I have been a volunteer for Mr. Sam Rhodes for quite a while and I really believe in everything he does,” said Sgt. 1st Class Steve Gonzalez from 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment.    Being able to watch the Families and wounded veterans get together and to see the smiles that spread across their faces results in a good feeling, he said.

 

Rhodes is the author of Breaking the chains of Stigma Associated with Post Traumatic Stress.

 

Spring Warrior Outreach Horsemanship program Draws Large Crowd