BUCHANAN, VA(WFXR) — In this week’s Veterans Voices we’re highlighting the work being done at New Freedom Farm in Buchanan. The non-profit was created back in 2016– aimed at helping veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD, substance abuse and brain injuries. The farm uses wild mustangs in the healing process for the veterans going through tough times. This type of therapy, is a big help in the veterans getting back to a normal life.
For Army veteran Clint Cash, he has a close connection to New Freedom Farm. He has been part of it since 2019. Cash says his wife helped him connect with New Freedom Farm. Spending time with his wild horse has made a big change in his life for the better.
“Before I came to this place, I had a problem being around public with people. I didn’t care to be around people. I started to come to this place. I made a great friend here. I started being around the horses. This place has saved my life. I can go out and be with the public be around people a lot better now. This place is special for me,” said Cash.
Cash said his mental health trouble stemmed from his time in basic training to his time he deployed to Afghanistan to include seeing one of his fellow soldiers die right beside him. Thanks to New Freedom Farm and spending time with his horse….Cash has seen the benefits first hand.
“First you benefit from getting back your comradere. You are also around other military people that think and act the same way we do. Some people do not like to admit it but we are different. To come around here and be near other people like us and other vets. Being around the horses. Like I said it really helps. The horses they do not judge you. They are always listening,” said Cash.