Equest Hooves for Heroes counselor wins Congressional Veteran Commendation

WYLIE (January 7, 2014) Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship is proud to announce that CDR Jeff Hensley, U.S. Navy (ret.) has been awarded the 2013 Congressional Veteran Commendation presented by Congressman Sam Johnson.

The Congressional Veteran Commendation is a nominations-based program designed to recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of residents of the Third Congressional District of Texas.   Honorees are considered to be exceptional Americans in every way.

The CVC ceremony was held on Saturday, December 14 following a keynote address by Congressman Johnson who stated that this award was meant to “honor distinguished veterans and to preserve their stories for future generations of Americans”.

Jeff Hensley joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from the University of Texas, eventually going on to fly F 14’s.   He was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal along with 3 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

After retiring from active duty in 2008, Hensley experienced the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies within his own family, and was inspired to use the new GI Bill to earn a Master’s Degree in counseling.   He was the recipient of a Mission Continues fellowship with the Equest Hooves for Heroes program in Wylie, TX, where he continues on as the Program Counselor.

In his nomination, Jeff Hensley is said to “work tirelessly as an advocate for veterans’ services and is constantly seeking to make the reintegration back into the community easier for returning combat veterans”.

As well as working with veterans and their families in the Equest Hooves for Heroes program, Jeff is the Regional Representative for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association.

To learn more about the Equest Hooves for Heroes Veterans program, visit equest.org and click on the Hooves for Heroes link or visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HoovesforHeroes) and Twitter profile (https://twitter.com/Hooves4Heroes).

Story and photo submitted by Leslie Griffin, Director of Marketing and Communications, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship.

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