About one in five veterans of the Iraq war has post traumatic stress disorder. The federal government and many private insurers pay for traditional, evidence-based treatments, like talk therapy and medication. But some vets find relief in alternative therapies, that veterans’ benefits don’t pay for. One of those is working with horses.
A bill headed for congress would evaluate how effective these therapies are in treating PTSD. And a new program in New York is working to bring equine-assisted therapy to more veterans in the city. Miriam Sitz reports.