According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, each day, on average, 20 veterans take their own lives. To shed light on the growing epidemic of veteran suicide, BraveHearts—the leading equine rehabilitation program for veterans in the nation—will embark on its third annual “Trail to Zero” ride in New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago. The 20-mile ride in each city commemorates the number of veterans lives lost, while cultivating a conversation around the mental health crisis plaguing those who have served the country and educating those in need about the benefits and healing effects of equine-assisted services.
“Trail to Zero” is supported by the NYPD Mounted Unit, US Park Police Mounted Horse Unit and the Chicago Mounted Unit. Rides will take place in September in Washington, D.C. (September 7); New York City (September 14); and Chicago (September 28). To learn more, visit www.trailtozero.org.