Veteran Barn Door Project

$7,008 of $76,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 48 months
My name is Steven DePalma. I am an Army Veteran who has suffered through PTSD. Undoubtedly, hearing about PTSD these days is not new. However, I believe that I have found one way to combat PTSD through personal experience, and I wish to expand this life-changing experience to help my brothers and sisters who have had the same misfortune of going through this trauma. However, I am not financially able to go this alone.

When I returned in 2010 from Afghanistan, I had trouble adjusting. My details are not important and not unique, but after a very bad winter, I turned to my horses. The mere process of grooming my horses made me feel better. The more I rode and the more I got involved with them, the better I felt. I do not pretend to be a psychologist, and I certainly do not charge the same. All that I know is that taking care of my horses and connecting with them saved me, as well as some friends of mine.

A few friends who had  some of the same history that I had came from out of state. Some were much worse than I ever was. I got them involved  in “the barn” for a few days and I soon began to notice a change in them right away. The morning beer was forgotten just so they could just go to the barn and be with the horses. I saw instant progress. 
 I have 3 horses now, which I board with friends. They are the reason that I am alive today. I want to begin a Therapeutic Riding Center where my brothers and sisters in arms can come and heal the hidden wounds of war. I know my experience of 40 years with horses and my own PTSD recovery will make this a success. I want to help those that drugs, counseling, nor the government can help. I have been there, so I know.

I am asking for help with startup costs to make this the most successful ranch around. I have developed a business plan and have started to get the ball rolling. However, without financial help, I have only my horses and a will to help others. There is so much involved. I have not given up and I am determined to get this riding center going. I am a hard  worker, a devoted horse owner and an experienced rider. I have spoken with many trainers who are willing to volunteer their time to get this under way. I plan to hire veterans in need of jobs to help on the farm, veteran owned businesses to purchase supplies and I have actually found a veteran who is now a big animal vet who will volunteer his services.
Please help me make my dream, and so many others who have served this great country, come true. We all want the same thing, and there are people of us that go out and try to make that a reality. However, in doing so, we get damaged and need repair. Please do what you can to help. You will be helping people who are fathers, mothers, shop owners, little league coaches, etc. These are the people who have risked their lives for you. Please help me to rescue them, as I have been rescued.




Respectfully Submitted
Steven N. DePalma

PS thats me in the photograph
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Hello from Vermont. Big weekend for everyone who has ever served. Remember that today is to honor those who have given their all for our country. This is not a day for thanking Veterans, that's in November. Today is a day to remember those who have fallen in combat and here at home. Home because PTSD has taken many lives through suicide. In my opinion these men and women are a casualty of war.

I am trying to so hard to reach out and provide something for Veterans and their families to put their energy into. We are not just riding at the VBDP. I am hear to listen and lend a hand when you need me the most.

If we can reach our goal, I can come to those who need me and my horses. I will bring my horses to them and spend a day or two so they can understand trust and balance through the use of horses. But, I need help.

June 6 thru 8 we are conducting a clinic with the help of a great horseman. We also have a group of wonderful volunteers that have been trying their hardest to raise money for us. The Jr Ladies Auxiliary from the Hardwick American Legion Post has been wonderful and very helpful. We love you guys. Keep up the good work.

Please donate what you can. Visit our website at veteranbarndoor.com and like our page on facebook.

Steven DePalma
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Spring has finally sprung. We are now working out of Wildwood Farms in Waterbury Center, Vt. for the summer. We are in need of much help and would like to see as many of you as possible donate or share our campaign. We are a long way from our goal. There are many veterans and family members who can benefit from our services. We are not just horse therapy. I am veteran who has suffered with PTSD and Depression for the last 5 years. I am someone to talk to and I want to help.
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Just to be clear, I am not a suspended NFL star making millions. I am a veteran who is starting a non profit on his own. Please help in anyway you can.
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Good Morning Veteran Barn Door Supporters. Things are a little crazy lately but we are hanging in there. We really need the help of donors at this time. There are so many more things we need to get us to our goal. We are still trying to purchase a trailer which is highly needed and our new goal of our own piece of land to either own or lease. We have been close on both of these but they seem to fall apart at the end. I am not asking everyone to donate but I am asking for your support. We are a charitable organization try to help Veterans and their families in need. Please tell your friends about us, Pass the word and let them know there are many lives out there that need our help.
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Jen Mills
45 months ago

I'm trying to figure out how to make contact with Mr. DePalma. It's been a dream of mine to help the Veterans through horsemanship and I was hoping he might be able to give me some advice and answer some questions for me?

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Raised by 52 people in 48 months
Created December 29, 2014
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42 months ago
HM

We are so proud to have raised this money over Memorial Day weekend for such a worthy cause!

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Mark Cloutier
43 months ago

Great Cause Lucky. Wish I could give more.

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Corrinna Colson
44 months ago

What a great idea and so needed for our Veterans and their families. Thank you for your service and continue service to our military and country.

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Sue Zyonse
44 months ago

Thank you for protecting our country and good luck with this awesome project . . .

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44 months ago
Jen Mills
45 months ago

I'm trying to figure out how to make contact with Mr. DePalma. It's been a dream of mine to help the Veterans through horsemanship and I was hoping he might be able to give me some advice and answer some questions for me?

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