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Our servicemen and women lay everything on the line for the sake of our country. Some pay the ultimate sacrifice, while others return home with scars that never heal.
The scars veterans carry home with them aren’t always ones that you can see on the body. Rather, these scars are internal, and take form in a condition called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is described by the National Center for PTSD as “a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.”
The symptoms of PTSD can vary. Those who suffer from the disorder can have intense flashbacks about the source of stress, avoid situations that remind them of that event, express a lack of interest in old hobbies, or always feel like they’re on the edge. Because of this, it’s essential for those with PTSD to receive proper treatment.
Those who suffer from PTSD often need a peaceful place they can go to for a much-needed escape. This is something that one veteran has recognized, which is why he is working to establish a unique retreat for veterans with PTSD.
Zechariah Falcon is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Army and has served as a law enforcement officer for the past eight years. As a result, Falcon has been a firsthand witness to how PTSD can take its toll on service members and law enforcement officers.
Wanting to help his brothers and sisters in arms, Falcon came up with the idea to establish the Falcon Ranch. Falcon describes the retreat as such:
“Falcon Ranch is a start-up charity to help veterans and other hero’s [sic] deal with traumatic experiences. Our goal to establish a working ranch and farm where hero’s [sic] suffering from PTSD and other injuries can stay and connect with nature…I wanted to use my experience and resources to offer a place that those in need can retreat from daily life and decompress.“
Falcon plans to establish the ranch on his four-and-a-half acre property, which is surrounded by oak tress and tall pines. The property also features miles of hiking and horseback riding trails for visitors to enjoy.
Embarking on such a project will not be easy. As a result, Falcon has established a GoFundMe to hopefully raise enough to buy a small barn to house animals and provide visiting service members a place to stay.
Country Rebel is committed to supporting our troops and making sure our veterans receive the proper care they deserve by helping lead the charge and donating $1,000 to this great cause already. If you would also like to contribute to Falcon’s quest to establish the Falcon Ranch, you can do so by clicking the link to his GoFundMe here.
Hats off to Falcon for going the extra mile to help his fellow veterans!