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Operation Veteran

Jake E’s Riding Round Up held the first ever Operation Veteran on Thursday, October 25, 2012, at the Kaufman facility. Operation Veteran is a Jake E’s signature event that stems from our Horses for Heroes program. Horses for Heroes was established as an opportunity to reach out to area Veterans when they return from combat with injuries and/or mental trauma in need of innovative therapies to recover both physically and mentally from service.

Veterans from across the state arrived at Jake E’s Riding Round Up at 8:30 am on the 25th for a morning of equine-assisted activities and therapy. The Veterans were then divided into action groups and moved through stations including: an equine catch and release station, a tack and grooming station, a learning to lead a horse session and, ultimately, a riding opportunity.

The group of Veterans concluded Operation Veteran with a special lunch served by the Dallas-based nonprofit Texas Baptist Men. The volunteers from Texas Baptist Men created an outdoor kitchen and served a hamburger lunch for the Veterans participating in the program as well as the Jake E’s staff and volunteers.