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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. Begun in May of 2006 at Fort Myer, Virginia, the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs uses the magnificent and powerful Percheron draft and draft cross horses of the Caisson Platoon, who are handled by the accomplished active duty Soldiers of the platoon, to provide equine assisted therapy for Wounded Warriors and military Veterans. During the lessons, the Soldiers serve as horse leaders and side walkers—Soldiers helping fellow Soldiers—a key strength of the program. The Caisson Platoon belongs to the U.S. Army’s famed 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), whose duties include guarding The Tomb of the Unknowns and conducting military ceremonial honors during funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

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Benefits of the equine assisted therapy:

  • Improves center of balance
  • Improves efficiency  in use and adaptation to prosthesis
  • Improves core muscle groups
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Provides a sense of accomplishment and well-being
  • Improves mental and emotional outlook

 

 

Vision

To be a leading organization facilitating the availability of equine assisted activities for Wounded Warriors and Veterans with physical wounds, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by integrating volunteerism, fundraising, and activities to best serve the Wounded Warrior and Veteran populations.

 

 Mission Statement

To make equine assisted activities available to Wounded Warriors and Veterans with physical wounds, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at no cost to the individual.

 

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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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