Sundance for Our Soldiers (SOS)

Is a 501(c)3 Not-For Profit whose mission is to provide free Equine-Assisted Learning Services to active military, reserves, veterans of all ages and dependants.

(309) 945-7257
"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."

Winston Churchill

Mission

To provide Equine-Assisted Services for Active Military, Reserves, Veterans and their dependents.

Equine-Assisted Learning

Sundance for Our Soldiers (SOS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that offers a unique innovative approach to personal growth and learning for soldiers of all ages and their families.  SOS uses the EAGALA Model, a team approach to healthy living.  There is NO Horseback Riding and NO Horse Experience Needed.  All activites take place 100% on the ground interacting with horses.  Each session is facilitiated by a Mental Health Professional, Equine Specialist and Horse(s).  The horses in their natural environment have the innate ability to mirror what they see.  The non-verbal communication from the horses helps become a catalyst for self-discovery and personal growth.

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FREE    Public Demonstration.........
July 30, 2017
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The SOS Team

Veteran Glenn Redmond - Masters Degree in Counseling.  Glenn is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served 8 years including one tour in Vietnam.  He is a combat veteran, serving in Phan Rang as Sentry Dog Handler and Supervisor.  Awarded a Silver Star for Gallantry in Action and a Purple Heart during his tour in 1968-1969.  He served in the Air Force Honor Guard in Washington D.C. performing funerals in Arlington National Cemetary as well as being assigned to the Presidential Color Guard in the White House.  He has a Masters Degree in Counseling, was certified as a Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Arizona and was the Supervisor for a 70-bed, Long Term Residential, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Phoenix, Arizona.  He is a Certifed Peer Support Counselor with Vet to Vet, a national organization providing PTSD counseling support to VETS.  He presently is the Minister for the Geneseo Church of Christ and provides counseling free of charge to Vets in the community.
Equine Specialist Megan Sundeen - Daughter of a Korean Veteran.  Megan was certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) to assist as part of the team approach that SOS uses.  She grew up in the Standardbred Horse Racing Industry as her father surrounded the family with horses as part of his coping mechanism.  The family had horses of all ages and several different breeds.  She has been a caretaker and owner of horses for over 25 years.  Also Megan has been a Horse Racing Official and worked for a horseman's association managing a membership of over 1,000 members.  In addition, she is a certified teacher in the state of Illinois.
Free ......  Public Demonstration
July 30, 2017

At Black Hawk College's East Campus Horse Arena
Galva, IL
SOS is excited to share with the public how this type of horse therapy helps soldiers.  Due to this type of therapy it is a priority we honor confidentiality to those we serve.  Therefore we cannot share this with the public any other time but now.  The nautre and process of this therapy is like none other.  There is NO HORSEBACK RIDING, instead all activities take place on the ground.  You really have to see it to understand the amazing nagtural ability the horse has to mirror and communicate what they see non-verbally.  These horses are not trained in anyway.  Our effective therapy approach has helped many people discover a solution-based outcome.   Service members and their families need help.  Come check us out even if you don't love horses, the demonstration event will take less than 2 hours including Q & A.  This is about how we can help soldiers with a natural approach to a happier healthier life after service related issues.  You'll enjoy the experience and walk away with having learned something about a prey animal that has surived millions of years.  How is that possible?  Come find out!  Showing interst is a great start helping to support our area soldiers!
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2017 SOS Groups
NEW... 2 locations now available!
New this year SOS is offering group sessions in Henry and Rock Island County!  Henry County has over 4,000 veterans and almost 600 of them are disabled.  Many veterans haven't reported service related disabilities like PTSD, Combat Stress and other service related issues.  SOS doesn't share the soldiers information.  Confidentiality is our priority.  This is a Free Mental Health Service with qualified professionals.    Private individual sessions also available goal focused once a week over several weeks.  It's all about self-discovery where true growth and learning take place.

August 13th .....Milan, IL  (Schone's Friendship Farm)
September 17th .....Cambridge, IL  (SOS Facility)
October 22nd .....Milan, IL  (Schone's Friendship Farm)
November 5th .....Cambridge, IL  (SOS Facility)
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The EAGALA Model is the global standard for Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Learning (EAL)

The EAGALA Model is highly professional.

EAGALA is the ONLY association offering
a fully-developed, professionally endorsed
treatment model for mental health professionals practicing equine assisted psychotherapy. The EAGALA Model stands alone in the world of equine assisted psychotherapy because of it’s team approach. EAGALA standards require both a licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional and a
credentialed Equine Specialist work together collaboratively at all times to assure clients get the therapeutic attention and support they need as they make life changes.
The EAGALA Model happens on the ground.

There is no riding or horsemanship. Physical and emotional safety are paramount. This proven approach enables the client to work directly with
the horses face-to-face on the same footing. Through their reactions and responses, highly-sensitive horses serve as honest stand-ins for the important people in the client’s life. They offer honest feedback and usable information
on the attitudes and behavior of the people working with them. The treatment team works with the client to process and understand what the horses teach them.

The EAGALA Model is solution-oriented.

It’s built on the premise that it’s the client who needs to determine the kinds of changes they need to make in order to improve their life. The job of the treatment team is to put The EAGALA Model to work helping clients
understand, access, validate and experience the changes they want to make in a safe, supportive setting.

"The EAGALA Model uses the horse to gain insight into behaviors and perceptions.  The horse's reactions provide unbiased and real timefeedback, breaking through the barriers that many military members experienced in conversation with others who cannot begin to understand what we feel because we made it back.   Equine assisted psychotherapy provides a strategy for dealing with trauma in a way that makes sense to military service members."
                                                                                                                                                                    
 Jimmy L. Walters, Col, USA (Ret)
Hear the Testimony
Testimony from Soldiers who have used the EAGALA Model
  1. From the EAGALA Military EAVS Report
    "I had a very good experience here; very uplifting, refreshing and helped with clarity, finding out that I am still useful, in fact maybe refined due to all that I have experienced. Thank you." "It's the first time in many years I have felt comfortable and safe."
  2. "I think it has been good. It gave me a lot to think about and compare to our action and communication. A peaceful, relaxing and comforting place to be. I wish I had more time to enjoy." "Very calming enjoyable experience."
  3. "This program was very useful as in eye opening. The beginnings of trust as in feeling it, My interest in this therapy has taken off! I found the purpose to pursue a goal that emotions are many and how we deal with them is just as important in maintaining and reaching that goal. Very supportive facilitators."
  4. "Fun thought provoking peaceful, soul searching, making connections facing fears and doubts. Uplifting, spiritual. I’m glad we didn’t ride the horses because we would have been focused on learning to ride instead of finding inner strength and peace. I felt this was a time for personal growth."
  5. "WOW! The hands on approach and interaction with the horses is like therapy at warp speed. The girls also do a group together where we just talk and this really brought up things about ourselves that we may not have discovered. I loved the vague guidelines and then allowing us to interpret them however we wanted by using our imagination. Wonderful experience."
  6. "Being around horses is nothing new to me but we have been without them for about 6 years and I did not realize how soothing it was to have them walking around and wanting to be touched. What was new to me was being in a group of individuals that are having some of the same feelings and situations as me. Being with two older gentlemen that were in their 60s made me realize that I may have to battle these feelings for a while and I am going to have to learn to cope with them."
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