On Sunday May 22nd I along with my younger brother, Sergeant First Class Retired, and Purple Heart Recipient, were honored to join the Gallop NYC Promenade in Central Park.
It was a phenomenal event and I was proud to wear my Army dress blue uniform, last worn on October 8th during my retirement ceremony at the United States Military Academy , West Point New York. (Took me two moths of intense physical training to squeeze back into it on Sunday)
I’m convinced now more than ever that therapeutic equine assisted services are a viable option for Veterans transitioning from military to civilian life, those dealing with PTSD, and others with combat related disabilities to get healthy healing.
I will continue to champion the cause of suicide awareness and prevention, and I will pick up the mantle of my late grand uncle; Sergeant First Class retired Leon Tatum, and my mentor the late Sergeant Sanders H. Matthews Sr. in keeping the legacy of the 9 & 10th Calvary, West Point Detachment Buffalo Soldiers alive.
Thank you all for your role in either introducing me to therapeutic horsemanship, or encouraging me during my transition from the military; you have given me my new purpose and mission as I will continue to work on behalf of our Veterans and their families…HOOAH!