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Equine Services For Veterans

HETRA started our Veteran program in September of 2010.  Veterans of any age and type of disability are encouraged to explore participation in this program (specific precautions and contraindications to horseback riding will be addressed through a thorough evaluation by an occupational therapist to determine eligibility).  Our Veteran program is designed to evaluate and provide opportunities for improvement physically, mentally and socially for participants.  Veterans will participate in 45 minute sessions conducted by the HETRA team.  The HETRA team consists of Veteran Volunteers (Horse leaders and Sidewalkers to assist the participant), PATH, Intl. Certified Instructors, Occupational Therapists, and a Mental Health Therapist. If you have questions or are interested in enrolling in the Equine Services for Veterans Program please contact Edye Godden at or (402) 359-8830.

CLICK HERE to fill out the paperwork online

CLICK HERE to download and print the paperwork

CLICK HERE to download the Equine Services for Veterans Brochure

Article from the Gretna Breeze about HETRA’s Equine Services for Veterans Program –


Come Join Us!
Equine Experience Event – All Military Personnel – Fourth Friday’s of the month, from 1-4pm

Prior service, active military, including reserves, and veterans of any age and type of disability are welcome to participate in this program. This one-day event will introduce the novice and reacquaint the experienced to Herd Dynamics, Grooming practices, Horse Leading and Round Pen activities. Veterans will participate in these sessions conducted by the HETRA Team. The Team consists of PATH Certified Riding Instructors, Occupational Therapists, a Mental Health Therapist as well as Veteran Volunteers. Use this link to reserve your spot or contact Chris O’Callaghan at 402-359-8830.

Veteran Experience Events in 2018. Remaining dates this year are:
Aug 24, 2018
Sept 28, 2018
Oct 19, 2018
Nov 9, 2018


Veteran’s Resource Fair – Saturday, October 20 – 9am – Noon

FREE for Veterans, Veteran’s Families, and Veteran’s Caregivers.

Veterans, their families and caregivers are invited to browse community booths to learn about veteran-specific programs, offers, products and services only available to the Veteran Community.

FREE Raffle Prizes
One 90 minute Float from Float Center
    – George Foreman photo with autographed program
    – A fantastic COACH purse
    – $50 Amazon Gift Card
   – One hour massage from Omaha Mobile Massage

Meet The HETRA Therapy Horses – tours begin at 10:00 am
Pancake Man from 9-11:00 am

Interested in being a Vendor?  Click here to register!

Interested in attending? Download Detailed Informational Flyer here.


HETRA 2015 Blue Jeans & Dreams Video (interview with HETRA Equine Services for Veterans Participant)

HETRA Veterans Video