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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
A full day is planned for our Veterans on this years hunt. Breakfast, Transportation, Lunch, Professional Guided Hunting, Steak Dinner and Entertainment or Aberdeen Wings Hockey (optional).
Veterans sign up for free Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving.
Volunteers who want to sign up for Drop Off Locations or to collect food donations please reach out as well.
Currently here are the drop off locations:
Off Grid Armory-Shevlin, MN
Aldersgate Church,-Aberdeen SD
Galens Fresh Market and Hardware-Bagley, MN
Insurance Plus-Aberdeen, SD
Dakota Group Psychological Arts and Sciences-Aberdeen, SD
Jered's Grocery-McIntosh, MN
Groceries Plus-Erskine, MN
Lux Insurance-Aberdeen, SD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 MRMS 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.”
DTOM prepares “to go” emergency bags for our veterans. We could use deodorants, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, lotion, shaving cream (male and female), sanitary products such as tampons and pads, wash cloths, towels, fingernail clippers, foot powder, mouth wash, and depends or other hygiene products.
Our emergency “to-go” bags also include cotton/wool socks, (all sizes), boxers and briefs of all sizes, and underwear for females of various sizes .
We are in need of walking canes, door ramps, wheel chairs, hand rails, bathroom rails, toilet seat height extenders, medication/pill boxes (weekly pill boxes), pulse oxygen meter, blood pressure cuffs for at-home use.
Pedialyte, lotion for Eczema or psoriasis,, glucose tablets, hearing aid batteries, lancets, alcohol swabs, athletes foot powder, or sprays, dry mouth mouthwash/tooth paste, oral lozenges, sugar free items. We are also looking for art supplies such as pencils, pens, paper, acrylic paint, wood carving items, or puzzles/activity project kits.
Sugar Free foods, and Glueten Free foods, canned meats, spaghetti noodles, sauce, breads, canned soups, canned/frozen vegetables, potatoes, frozen fruits, ham, turkey, hamburger, or other lean meats, macaroni and cheese, (easy to make meals) (Box meals).
Policy change for 2023: All individuals donating to the DTOM 22/0 Foundation and Veterans ranch will receive a donation receipt and tax letter. The Donation receipt will be signed the day you drop off the items and given to you that same day. Please call the DTOM Veterans Ranch prior to your donation to ensure we have space. Thank you!
Cooking with Executive Board Member and Army Reservist Dustin Maier
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.
If you are looking for great quality, American-made flags, please check out Tidmore Flag and Banner in Aberdeen, SD.
You can either call: 1-800-321-3524 to order your flags, or visit their website at:
Tidmore Flags is proud to offer you American-made flags and flag accessories at the best possible prices. Order here or call today!
The DTOM Veterans Ranch proudly supports the products and services of Tidmore Flag and Banner!
**IF YOU PUT "Veteran" in promo code at checkout, 13% of purchase goes back to the DTOM Veterans Ranch**
Veteran Owned: Quality Quick Print and 13 Stripes have been consistent and dedicated supporters of the DTOM Veterans Ranch and our mission of helping military veterans and their families.
At QQP in Aberdeen (also have other locations throughout South Dakota!) you can get your brand on anything, anywhere, with creative solutions to make you successful! (Print, Signs, Apparel, Engraving, Design, (Marketing Inventory Management Storefronts streamline the ordering process)
For more information please call: 605-226-2541 or visit their website at: email@example.com
DTOM uses QQP for all of our printing and marketing needs!
Coming in fall and winter of 2022, the DTOM Veterans Ranch will be holding tactical yoga classes for disabled veterans. These classes are specifically designed for elderly veterans, veterans with physical disabilities or limited mobility, and neurological/balance disorders. Classes are free for veterans. We will be holding separate classes for civilians as well at a cost of 10.00 per class. All donations from these classes will go to help our veterans and their families. Stay Tuned!
The 1MC 99 Recovery Program is an 18-week, non-residential, intensive mentorship program for veterans seeking assistance with addiction and recovery without the confinement of walls. We focus on the personal and professional goals of the veteran through the creation of individualized recovery plans that helps each veteran create a successful and meaningful path to recovery.
Each veteran collaborates with another veteran and/or small groups who have had similar struggles in an environment of support, mentorship, and leadership to create a personal journey for healing the whole person not just the addiction. We walk each veteran through the realm of trauma recovery, PTS, PTSD, family issues, work and social issues, financial issues, and help them get back on track with their lives. The Staff at the DTOM Veterans Ranch will travel to pick veterans up if they live within a 100-mile radius from the DTOM Ranch. We also work with city and court agencies to ensure weekly reporting as required.
The 1MC 99 Recovery Program Mission Statement: At the DTOM Veterans Ranch, we believe in the mission “never leave a brother or a sister behind.” We believe that it is our responsibility to take care of each other in all walks of life because we understand each other, and it is a part of the oath we took as soldiers when we signed that dotted line. We trained together, we fought together, and now we heal together. The mission of the 1MC 99 Recovery Program is to create intensive, supportive, personal journeys of healing while bringing struggling veterans together to build comradery and support in the mission of addiction recovery.
The 1MC 99 Visionary Statement: It is our mission at the DTOM Veterans Ranch and within the 1MC 99 Recovery Program to not only change the standards of care for struggling veterans and their families, but to create a life-long commitment to an environment of care that supports the whole person, their family, and their personal journeys towards addiction recovery and healing.
Meaning behind the 1MC 99: In the United States Navy, 1MC meant: hot mike on a ship, that the commander was about to give a message. The number 99 means that the message was meant for, and important for all members aboard. “All Hands on Deck” and this has become our approach to working with, and healing military veterans and their families. It takes all of us to heal, and not just relying on a program within a system.
For further information about this program, please contact Dr. Tracy Diefenbach at 605-252-8792 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 605 Junction Program is an alternative diversion program powered by the DTOM 22/0 Foundation for youth ages 6 to 17. This program is for youth who may need or require inclusive guidance or mentorship due to behavioral concerns or adverse choices. This program consists of 16 fully guided weeks of intensive skill building activities and behavioral modifications. The first 8 weeks focus on the individual youth, then we transition them to group sessions for the last 8 weeks. In week 17 all youth who complete the program will graduate and will then become eligible to participate in the Junior Scouts Scholarship Program.
This is a 16-week, direct support mentorship program that teaches youth:
1. Internal and External Goal setting
2. MRMS Horse Therapy
3. Interpersonal Skill Building
4. Social Responsibility: Negative and Positive Influence
5. Personal Responsibility: Self Care and Time Management
6. Risk, Reward, and Consequence
7. Independent Living Skills and Healthy Lifestyle habits
8. Effective Communication: Friends, Family, Authority (Verbal/Non-verbal)
9. Problem Solving
10. Peer Pressure: Safety and Security
11. Personal and Social Boundaries: Self Expression and Emotional Control
12. Respect of Self and others
13. Group Skill Building
Youth enrolled in this program either through their family or court appointed will attend one-hour, weekly sessions with the 605 Junction Team. At the end of each week, attendance and progress reports will be sent out to the receiving authority.
Parents and/or guardians will also be included in the Building Stronger Families portion of this program to ensure program goals are achieved while sponsoring an environment of support and healing.
We are currently accepting 10 youth into this program every 30 days.
The cost of this program is:
120.00 per one hour session, at 4 sessions per month: 480.00 per youth per month.
**Some individuals may need two sessions per week, and this will be determined on a case-by-case basis. **
Mission Statement: The mission of the DTOM 22/0 Building Stronger Families program and the Junior Board is to provide leadership and community service opportunities for our youth and their families, and build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of our youth through legislative speaking opportunities, therapeutic program education, foundation development, and through the creation of fundraising activities to support the businesses and organizations that support us.
Vision: To create family-oriented activities focused on community service, ethics, hard work, leadership, education, and mentorship. "Pay-it-Forward!"
DTOM 22/0 Junior Board Schedule of Events:
The DTOM Veterans Ranch Junior Board Committee will be meeting Saturday January 29th at the DTOM Veterans Ranch. Doc T. will be sending out the invites.
Junior Board Schedule of Events will be published the first week of February 2022.
**First Junior Scout Meeting is February 21st from 6PM to 8PM at the Warner Community Center. (We have six slots left for kids ages 6 to 18). Parents are asked to be there for the first half-hour, and we will be providing food, beverages, and activities.
**If you are interested in participating as a volunteer in this program, or you would like to sign your child/children up for this program please contact Dr. Tracy Diefenbach at 605-252-8792.
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Veterans or their family members should reach out to the DTOM Veterans Ranch by calling 605-725-3866 and talk to Chris, Doc T 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 MRMS program is designed to be a lifelong program and commitment to the veteran's overall health and well-being. The first phase of the MRMS 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 MRMS program starts off in 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 rode horses, or grew up with them all of their life will not be used to this type of riding. The MRMS 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 MRMS 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 MRMS program is free for all veterans and their families. 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).
A one-hour session for a civilian/individual is 125.00 per session. This covers the cost of feed and care for our horses and program materials. We are in the process of putting together the fees for a 12-week program and will have that published by mid-February (For non-military).