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In honor of Veteran’s Day, please take a moment for the story of a veteran, a horse, and hope.
The veteran is Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker, who after multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, returned home with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), third-degree burns and nerve damage from a roadside bomb. At his worst, SSGT. Heliker was suicidal and on 42 separate medications.
Enter the horse – Fred. Fred was paired with SSGT. Heliker by Debbi Fisher of the Rainier Therapeutic Riding in Yelm, Washington. By building a relationship of care and mutual trust with Fred, SSGT. Heliker began the process of reconnecting with the world around him and recovering from the wounds of war.
The short documentary “Riding My Way Back,” produced and directed by Oscar Nominee Robin Fryday and Peter Rosenbaum, chronicles this soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide. The film appropriately premiered in May at the 2014 GI Film Festival, where it won The Founders’ Choice Award. Now, on Veteran’s Day and during the days and weeks surrounding this important holiday, the producers are giving their film a proper national launch. “Riding My Way Back” will premier at nearly 100 locations across the United States during the month of November.
Screening locations include a number of prestigious film festivals like equestrians very own Equus Film Festival on November 22 in New York City. For a full list of screening locations, please consult the RIDING MY WAY BACK website here: Screenings.
In conjunction with the screenings, the producers have also launched The Riding My Way Back Film Project to promote awareness about the powerful healing properties of therapeutic riding for veterans. You can donate to the campaign on the RIDING MY WAY BACK website here: Donate.
View the trailer here, for a taste of what this special documentary is all about: