They sacrifice their time and resources to enhance the program, while offering valuable insights as program Alums! Our Volunteer Team is always working towards improving the program and its outreach to our veterans.
Veteran Volunteer Program Co-Founder
"I look forward to sessions every week. Being able to help those who are in situations that I was in, really pushes me to continue my recovery and my desire to help other veterans."
Doug Fugit served in the US Army as a crew chief in Vietnam. He entered the WarHorses for Heroes program through the Memphis VA Hospital. After graduating the program, he offered his services as a volunteer and helps out every way he can. Each week, he enjoys helping other veterans cope with their issues by interacting with the equines. Doug has also become part of the Advanced Rider Program and has been honing his equestrian skills through groundwork and riding lessons. Another passion of his, is the creation of after-care programs that ensures fellow veterans have all the resources they need to continue walking down the path of recovery.
As of now, Doug is pursing his "Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning" certification through PATH International. Donations can be made in the WarHorses for Heroes shop to help offset the costs of this goal.
"Becoming a part of WarHorses for Heroes has helped me in so many ways. The brotherhood and caring for the horses makes each day worth being here. The friends at the stable show care and respect for the veterans and they help us mend our minds. I appreciate all they have done for us!"
Terry Lemmon served over twenty years in the US Army as an Airborne Ranger and Special Operations Operator. He served in multiple combat operations as a sniper and team leader. He entered WarHorses for Heroes through the Memphis VA Hospital and instantly felt a connection. Each week, he looked forward to seeing the other veterans and, especially, the horses. After graduating the program, Terry offered his services as a volunteer and helps out every way he can. He has continued to dedicate himself to aiding other veterans in their journey to recovery and says that is even more therapeutic for him than being in the program. Terry has also become part of the Advanced Rider Program and has been honing his equestrian skills through groundwork and riding lessons.
As of now, Terry is pursing his "Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning" certification through PATH International. Donations can be made in the WarHorses for Heroes shop to help offset the costs of this goal.
"Volunteering for WarHorses for Heroes has really opened my eyes to the field of PTSD and it has been so rewarding for me to see how much equine therapy helps these men and women in a natural way. It is truly amazing to be able to witness miracles through animal-assisted therapy and also to work with people who are so passionate about helping others."
Jessika Neal, nicknamed, Sika (pronounced Seeka) is currently studying at the University of Memphis in the Clinical Mental Health Masters program. She is on track to graduate in December of 2019. Her goal after graduation is to become an addiction counselor, because she believes there is an enormous need for effective counselors in the Memphis metro area.
Sika also loves working with PTSD veterans and dreams of being about to combine counseling and equine therapy in her professional career.
She is an amazing member of the team and continues to educate other volunteers and staff about the best practices and current methods of working with specific conditions, such as addiction and PTSD.