Changing minds is about alternative programs to assist our fellow veterans in becoming a healthier you. With these and upcoming programs, we encourage you to check them out and one might be right for you in ways you never knew possible. Have ideas for additional alternative programs? Submit them to us and we will look into them.

Guitars 4 Vets

Nervous from the Service… Don’t fret Vet!

Nearly one million Military Veterans struggle with physical injuries, PTSD and other emotional distress. Music helps elevate your mood and motivation, Reduce stress, Improve focus, Help with relaxation, and Reduce anxiety and depression decrease anxiety, increase self-esteem, and reduce episodes of panic attacks, nightmares and flashbacks. More simply put, playing a guitar can help veterans safely connect with their surroundings and other people.

How It Works:

10 Weeks of One-on-One Lessons

You want to learn to play the music you like to listen to. So that’s what we’ll help you learn. From rock to country to folk and everything in between.

When you finish your lessons, you’re just getting started. You’ll “Graduate” and receive your own guitar and all the equipment you need to keep the riffs rolling. For free.

If you have a service connected disability and are interested in learning to play guitar, click here to apply

Playing The Guitar Has A Proven Ability To Heal.

How Can You Help G4V?

Tax-deductible donations made to Guitars for Vets help provide free guitar lessons and acoustic guitars to our nation’s deserving heroes. Donations ensure that we are able to continue sharing the healing power of music with veterans right here in Lucas County.

You can text “G4VLucasCounty” to “443-21” donations of gently used guitars and accessories, as well as volunteer instructors are welcomed. Call Charles, Lucas County Chapter Coordinator by e-mail at for more information.


Are you an instructor and want to volunteer?

Volunteer Instructor sign up


At H.O.O.V.E.S. we continuously believe in and witness the profound healing power of horses. Through the facilitation of the Equine Wisdom Integration Method™, our team works tirelessly to ensure our veterans receive the critical support they need.  

Horses are partnered with service men and women in a judgement free environment to work through stress and trauma incurred by the effects of military service. With this methodology, the program participants regain confidence and self-worth, while aligning with new purpose, empowering them to reconnect with their family and the community. 

There are many equine programs out there, but H.O.O.V.E.S. specifically is a retreat, safe haven, and sanctuary for both horses and heroes (and their families). We provide our service men and women an opportunity for growth, self healing, and personal empowerment, through connecting with a new mission, vision & purpose a platform that fosters social and networking opportunities, via a platform that fosters social and networking opportunities. 

Our workshop curriculum is action-based and results in finding a renewed sense of purpose. The opportunity to fine tune new insight is available during monthly educational workshops. We encourage the continuous involvement of alumni by welcoming them back for opportunities to help other veterans through the H.O.O.V.E.S. Mentor Program. 

Although H.O.O.V.E.S. has many therapeutic benefits, we are not a therapy program. Our facilitators are thoroughly trained and skilled coaches, who help veterans access the ability to self-heal. Often times mental health providers refer to us, because of our ability to help veterans get “un stuck”. What make this process unique is that, unlike therapy, we do not ask you to tell your story. In fact, we encourage you to leave your story outside the fence for the time you are at the retreat. 

While riding opportunities are available, you will not ride a horse during your H.O.O.V.E.S. retreat. In this experience, horses are position as a conduit and mirror of your unconscious in-congruencies and limitations, in a process that produces instant feedback, immediate shifts, and sustainable results.


To find out more click here  







Miles of Freedom


Ohio native Justin Held has been seeking adventure since day one. With

his love for the outdoors he has never been able to sit still. From

crushing miles on foot through the Appalachian Trail and hiking the

Coast of Maui, to Fly fishing some of the nation’s most pristine rivers

and streams. If it involves rad gear than he has done it! After battling

an alcohol addiction for 20+ yrs, he learned tools that helped him

experience deep healing. Since his recovery, he has found inspiration in

bike-packing. In 2021 he rode his bicycle across the state of New York,

as well as from Pittsburg to Washington D.C.  Now he is ready to give

back. In 2022 he has launched Miles of Freedom, a program that pairs

bike-packing and sobriety  . His mission and vision is to share his

wisdom and adventures with veterans who are seeking a new life of hope

and healing.   

For more information please email:



The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can click here for support. Veterans Crisis Line


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