Saratoga Brewing and DeCrescente Distributing Co., with help from the local community, raised $16,000 through an annual coaster and pinup program, in support of the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation.
“Now in our third year, this program has evolved tremendously,” said Max Oswald, general manager of Saratoga Brewing. “New organizations have come on board and put their own unique spin on the program, from hosting events like Kentucky Derby parties and Keep the Pint Night to creating a 5K team. While some of the players have changed, the mission has remained the same: to increase awareness of Saratoga WarHorse and the amazing job they do for our vets.”
Saratoga WarHorse offers veterans a three-day experience that is effective for those struggling to adjust to life after military service. The program is provided at no cost to the veterans.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense, roughly 22 military service members take their own lives every day. Reasons include the challenge of adjustment and transition to life after military service, as well as the negative stigma around seeking help in the military community.
Saratoga WarHorse provides an interactive experience between off-the-track thoroughbreds and veterans. By utilizing the silent language of the horse, a mutual trust and bond is established that goes beyond verbal communication, according to the organization.
Officials said the personalized approach provides each individual with a unique experience that helps to release stress. Through careful guidance by instructors, the process is predictable, sequential and repeatable. Veterans receive an effective, alternative method for healing emotional wounds, while the retired thoroughbreds receive meaningful work after their racing careers have ended.
“We are thankful to our veterans and privileged to be a part of this program,” said C.J. DeCrescente, president of DeCrescente Distributing Co. “
For more information about the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation, visit www.saratogawarhorse.com or call (518) 886-8131.