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Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Awards 2nd $6,000 Grant to Horses Helping Heroes Project

Grant will help fund pilot program combining music and equine therapy.

Smithfield, VA, March 04, 2014 --( The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (Coalition), a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, today awarded a second $6,000 grant to the Horses Helping Heroes Project.

The grant will help fund no-cost, equine-assisted activities and therapies for wounded veterans, as well as an innovative music therapy pilot program at HHHP’s facilities in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. It is the second $6,000 grant awarded by the Coalition to HHHP.

“We were extremely impressed by exceptional work done by the Horses Helping Heroes Project through the initial grant we made last year,” said David Walker, President & CEO of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes. “When Debi told us about her pilot project, we agreed that a second grant was more than justified. We’re looking forward to reviewing the results of that project.”

The Coalition’s $6,000 grant will provide partial funding for HHHP’s sessions this spring in addition to the pilot program using music therapy in conjunction with equine therapy to enhance the long-term benefit of the HHHP program. Music therapy has been proven effective in improving speech, memory functions and focused attention, as well as balance and gait. It has also been shown to improve the ability to perform activities of daily living.

Participants in the program will be military veterans with special needs and such disabilities as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, brain injury (both traumatic and anoxic), spinal cord injury, amputations, orthopedic issues and stroke.

“We’re so thankful that the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes thinks so highly of our program that they’ve awarded us a second round of funding,” said Debi Demick, Program Director with the Horses Helping Heroes Project. “We’re very excited about the prospects for enhancing our program with the addition of music therapy, and we’re grateful that the Coalition shares our vision.”

About the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, based in Leesburg, VA, has provided an invaluable lifeline to thousands of America’s wounded veterans since its establishment in 2004. The Coalition is distinguished from other veteran-focused organizations by its direct financial assistance to America’s wounded heroes. Its Emergency Financial Aid program has stopped foreclosure proceedings on veterans’ homes and kept their vehicles from being repossessed. The organization regularly provides gift checks to cover meals, medical and utility bills, clothing, car repairs and even baby diapers.

For more information on the Coalition, and to learn how you can support its mission, visit

About Horses Helping Heroes
The Horses Helping Heroes Project, based in Smithfield, VA, uses the centuries-old relationship between man and horse to build a partnership based on need and trust that enriches the lives of both the human and the horse. The Project provides an opportunity for veterans to work one-on-one with horses to build self-esteem and self-confidence, improve mobility and focus and enjoy the company of other veterans and volunteers. HHHP is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) and the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV). In December 2011, the Project was awarded the Commonwealth’s FLITE (First Lady’s Initiatives Team Effort) Award and was an Opportunity Hall of Fame inductee.

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