H.O.P.E. founder Julie Sardonia, (left), wraps Sarah Hedge in a bear hug following Hedge's reenlistment ceremony at the H.O.P.E for Warriors last weekend. Hedge says the equine-assisted therapy program helped her heal.(photos by Garrett Combs)
Misty Volaski, Editor
When Sarah Hedge came home from her second deployment to Afghanistan in 2011, the Navy Seabee was not herself. Suffering from post traumatic stress (PTS), she was on anti-depressants and sleeping medications, and was drinking heavily. Traditional talk therapy wasn't working — and neither were the meds.