HARRIS COUNTY, Ga. – The pain after war can sometimes be unbearable.
One man who knows that pain all too well found a way to help himself by helping others.
It’s amazing what a little time on a ranch with one of these horses will do for the spirit.
According to Sam Rhodes with Warrior Outreach, it’s part of what saved his life and is now saving others who are struggling with PTSD.
“There’s sunshine right there hiding – sunshine! “
CSM (RET) Sam Rhodes shares his love of horses and living on a ranch.
“I’m focusing my energy on enjoying life.”
LIfe hasn’t always been happy for Rhodes.
After serving 30 months – three tours – in Iraq – Rhodes suffered from PTSD.
“I sat in the vehicle in 2007 with a gun. I was ready to kill myself.”
Rhodes says he found the support he needed from his brothers in the military and in his recovery found a love for horses.
Now he wants to offer both to other soldiers through the Warrior Outreach.
Anyone can come to his ranch in Harris County to enjoy the horses and atmosphere.
Anthony Robb is ready to retire after 20 years in the Army.
He volunteers and says he loves seeing how this ranch helps people.
“I have seen others come out here and you can tell it really helps them. Good people comes out here and it’s good to surround yourself with good people.”
Rhodes also repairs home for veterans.
Everyone who helps – does it free of charge says Rhodes, “There are other Sam Rhodes out there that really need someone to help. I want to be that person for them.”The Warrior Outreach is a 501(c)3. If you’d like to learn more or donate – go to www.warrioroutreach.org.