2022 National American Legion Auxiliary Public Spirit Award Winner
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For Immediate Release
September 11th, 2023
The DTOM 22/0 Foundation and Veterans Ranch has some exciting news to share! As you know we serve Veterans and their families across the country and our headquarters have been in Warner, SD since 2018. We have about 10 acres that we own which includes a small arena. We worked hard trying to acquire surrounding land to grow as well as the caretaker home. We were unsuccessful after exhausting all of our options.
With that being said we have purchased a 40-acre property in Bagley, MN where our new headquarters has been relocated. We now have room for the horses to have pasture land, hay ground for winter feeding, a beautiful memorial garden and additional out buildings as well as a respectable caretake home/office/meeting space.
We know this might come as a surprise but we feel it was our best option as we had been researching and looking for larger properties for several months. We want to sincerely thank all of our donors, sponsors, volunteers and communities for helping us over the years. We hope that you will continue your support.
We are still offering services to all of our Veteran clients regardless of location and our new location gives us a better experience for our Veterans.
Chris Reder, CEO did a very informative video on Facebook to learn more and get more details on this important decision.
God Bless our Veterans and their families and we hope you continue your support on this expansion!
DTOM 22/0 Board
DTOM's 2023 Fall Raffle is this beautiful highly sought after Henry 30-30 lever action rifle. The drawing will be held on Christmas Eve. Tickets are 1-$10 or 3-$25 (this option available at the online store at the tab above).
Veterans sign up for free Christmas Food Boxes, all you need to do is provide your name, phone number and address (strictly confidential) to Chris@dtom220.org or call 605-725-DTOM (3866) and we will get your box to you just before Christmas.
Volunteers who want to sign up to collect food donations or deliver please reach out as well.
On Saturday, February 11th, DTOM Veterans Ranch will be delivering a new service pup to a combat veteran in Iowa. A huge thank you to our Executive Board Member, Mr. Dustin Maier and his family for donating this beautiful lab puppy to an amazing combat veteran who recently lost her service dog Skippy to cancer. This is the mission we love, and we took an oath to help each other to the end…and the end was never defined. More to come! Filling holes in our veterans hearts as Dustin stated…yes, brother…yes we are.
”South Dakota Service Dogs” can be reached at email@example.com
DTOM Veterans Ranch and Pheasants Forever members gathered Wednesday evening to honor a beloved Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Jerome Loucks, (Bronze Star and Legion of Merit Recipient), his wife Norma, and his family. Jerry as he is known by, (originally from Aberdeen) has contributed so much to his community, and youth programs, and to the DTOM Veterans Ranch. DTOM just took a trip from Warner South Dakota to Arizona to deliver the 2022 Friend of Max Award for the most inspirational veteran, and to visit with him and his family, as he is unable to travel right now. Pheasants Forever and DTOM honored him Wednesday evening with the revealing of the new name for the DTOM Therapy Center: The CW4 Jerome Loucks Veterans MRMS Therapy Center. Chief Loucks loves his horse Booker here at the ranch, so all of the members and DTOM staff took a picture with “Jerry’s Horse.” “Honor Thy Oath…it can never be too late to get them the help they need.”
to provide Service Dogs to Veterans and First Responders to give them back the quality of life they deserve.
It can take years for a veteran to receive a service dog through current programs. Unfortunately, many veterans succumb to PTSD-related problems while waiting.
South Dakota Service Dogs was founded in 2021 by Anthony & Eleanor Russell to help fill this need and provide service dogs free of charge to veterans to help them deal with the mental and emotional tolls that come with PTSD.
DTOM is proud to support South Dakota Service Dogs and their mission to help veterans find their companion and service animal. Tony has been great to work with and truly cares about his mission to help veterans get back on their feet.
If you know of a veteran or a first responder that is in need of a service animal, please contact SDSD.
Veterans or their family members should reach out to the DTOM Veterans Ranch by calling 605-725-3866 and talk to Chris to set up a zoom call, an in-person meeting, or a phone call to begin the in-take process. The in-take process includes a balance screen, health, and safety screen, and an individual goal assessment. Once this has been completed the DTOM staff will develop a customized healing and follow-up plan for the veteran or their family member.
The program is designed to be a lifelong program and commitment to the veteran's overall health and well-being. The first phase of the program is 12 weeks long and continues after the 12-week assessment period. This is all based on the individual's progress within the program and depends on the activities the veteran selects for themselves within the program.
Photos and Videos: We do not allow anyone to take video or photos of the horse sessions. You can have your picture taken with the horse right before or after the session but because these sessions are protected by HIPAA and PHI, and we are not in the business of selling our veterans stories or using them for marketing, we cannot allow video or photos. We protect the privacy of the healing journey and the privacy of all of our veterans and their families.
Also: We do not allow cell phones in the arena because of the frequencies. We need the arena 100% quiet during the session so the horse can hear the cues and counts, and the noise cancelling devices and the EEG works properly. Once the session starts, no one is allowed to walk in and out of the arena until the session ends and the rider has dismounted. Cell phones can be kept in your own personal vehicle, or we have a box that we keep them in during each session. We also ask that you do not wear fitbits, watches, or other devices that give off frequencies or record heart rates.
Family members are allowed to observe the sessions only if the client allows it. Children under the age of 18 are not allowed in adult sessions, and a parent/guardian must be present at all times during the youth MRMS sessions. Children are not allowed to run the property without supervision (for safety reasons).
We do not allow personal pets (dogs) on the property or during any DTOM events for safety. We allow fully trained-certified services dogs on the property as long as they are leashed at all times, and you can provide vaccination history of the animal for rabies etc.
ESA's are allowed only if they are well-behaved, and on leashes all of the time they are on the property, and you can provide current vaccinations for rabies etc.
We have had animals bring in diseases or health issues on to our property and to our horses, so we are absolute on these decisions. Absolutely NO dogs or pets are allowed around our service horses, no exceptions. This is for the safety of your dog.
Absolutely no smoking or vaping on the property due to insurance reasons, and the need to protect our buildings, horses, and their hay.
Many of our veterans have never ridden a horse. The program starts off with the ground program before we put you on the horse. We address balance, health, safety, and security before we introduce you to the horse. This is not a typical horse therapy program, so even people who have ridden horses previously, or grew up with them all of their life will not be used to this type of riding. This horse is not a typical riding horse. They are specifically trained to do a series of momentums, gaits, movements, all very different from the typical gait of a normal horse. The program includes horse safeties, safety belts, and required helmets. If there are any issues with the horse, rider, weather, or anything that disturbs or hinders the safety of the ride, we terminate the ride immediately. Safety is our number one priority.
The cost of the program is no cost for all veterans and their immediate families. We believe Veterans and their families have sacrificed and carried such a burden, it would be against our Oath to charge one penny. We do operate off donations so many of our veterans or their families donate throughout their program. (This is not expected of our veterans or their families at all).
A one-hour session for a civilian/individual is 250.00 per session. This covers the cost of feed and care for our horses and program materials.