Our Mission

“To provide healing therapeutic services to the broad veteran community through equine, agricultural and educational engagement.”

Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services (V.E.T.S.) provides equine-assisted programs to veterans with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Our veterans enjoy improvements in many aspects of life from strength, flexibility and balance to cognitive, behavioral and emotional well-being. A  501(c)3 not-for-profit organization in southeastern Connecticut, V.E.T.S. mission is to provide healing therapeutic services to the veteran community through equine and educational engagement.

V.E.T.S TEAM

CRAIG MCCALISTER
CRAIG MCCALISTEROur Late Founder
1968-2023
THOR TORGERSEN
THOR TORGERSENCo-Founder – Board President, Lead Instructor
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CHRISTINA CLARK
CHRISTINA CLARKCo-Founder - Board Treasurer, Instructor
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DAVID ROESSLER
DAVID ROESSLERBoard Secretary
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NIKO ALEVRAS
NIKO ALEVRASBoard Member, Veteran Outreach
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FLORESIA ALLEN
FLORESIA ALLENBoard Member
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ASHLEY MULLEN
ASHLEY MULLENBoard Member
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JAMES COTTRELL
JAMES COTTRELLBoard Member, Veteran
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KEVIN ROBITELLE
KEVIN ROBITELLEBoard Member, Veteran
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Patrick Sullivan
Patrick SullivanBoard Member, Active Duty Navy
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ADVISORS TO THE BOARD 

ELI BROOKS
ELI BROOKSU.S. Army Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, Ruck Up Outdoor School Instructor
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DAVID MORRIS
DAVID MORRISNavy Veteran, Author, Trauma Advocate, Suicide Survivor, Public Speaker
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ETHAN PALMER
ETHAN PALMERU.S.N.A., Navy Veteran, ICF and IDBF U.S National Team Athlete, Dragonboat
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Honor

Duty

Courage

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Colin Powell

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

Horace

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