Area therapeutic riding and education center receives upgrades

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HARVARD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A therapeutic riding center in Harvard gets a bit of a face lift thanks to help of dozens of Home Depot volunteers.

They spent hours upgrading the grounds at Bravehearts Therapeutic Riding and Education Center. Volunteers rebuilt platforms to make mounting and dismounting from horses safer, widened doorways to accommodate wheelchairs and did some painting and other small projects.

Bravehearts provides horse therapy, primarily for veterans who may be suffering from PTSD. They say the horses help provide life-saving therapy for hundreds of vets.

"We got guys out there 80-years-old all the way to the kids just getting off the boat getting back from Iraq and Afghanistan and we all have a common bond," says Marine Corps veteran Marshall Wolfe. "We've all been in those places and stuff. We get out here and we bond with the horses and we open up."

Bravehearts say they also offer occupational therapy and speech therapy to patients as well. While they primarily work with veterans, civilians are welcome too.