SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. — The mission to prevent veteran suicide in Kentucky is getting a boost.
The Active Heroes Retreat Center in Shepherdsville aims to be a resource for military families with programming being tailored made by military families.
Volunteers and retreat organizers have spent a lot of time readying the grounds for open house on Saturday. Don Barbiea who is the vice chairman of the board for Active Heroes, as well as a volunteer, spoke about how getting the grounds and activities ready has helped him on his own journey of recovery.
“It’s a place I can come out here and get away from the anxiety and depression I get away from combat,” said Barbiea. “I can help build something or just sit and talk with veterans who stop by.”
The Active Heroes Retreat Center will offer equine-assisted therapies, cabin vacations, camping dates with cookouts, as well as archery and hiking trails. These activities help the charity accomplish their goal of helping to prevent veteran suicide.
“There has been a veteran suicide crisis up to 22 veterans who commit suicide a day so we are here to really help heal our veterans,” said Patrick Fox, the executive director for Active Heroes.
The Active Heroes Retreat Center in Shepherdsville has an open house scheduled for April 3.