A therapeutic riding center in Pike County is using animals to help veterans and first responders heal.

More than 20 million veterans a year battle PTSD.  Many of them never seek out treatment because of the stigma associated with mental health.

GAIT in Milford started a horses 4 heroes program, offering equine therapy to veterans and first responders.

Organizers say the natural treatment increases self confidence and improves communication skills

The program is free of charge, but organizers do need financial support. Anyone who wants to donate can check out the GAIT website.