Army Sergeant First Class Steve Houghton survived nine attacks from explosive devices during his military deployments.
After 20 years of dedicated service to our country - 11 of which were spent deployed in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait - Steve’s military career ended.
The transition from combat to civilian life was a painful one for Steve.
Steve’s service in the Army left him with physical and psychological wounds that seemed insurmountable. As a result, Steve became homeless. He felt shut out from the world and everything around him. He attended treatment and support groups in hope of obtaining relief, but nothing seemed to work. Finally, someone suggested that he attend the Saratoga WarHorse program.
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In 2018, Steve adopted Bodie. Bonded by their experiences--both good and bad--Steve and Bodie have found healthiness, happiness, and purpose together.
Since being adopted by Steve, Bodie’s second career is now a pleasure trail riding horse. He spends his days on a small farm in South Carolina with four other horses, a donkey, and two Veteran Graduates of the Saratoga WarHorse program: Steve and Abby. Steve says “Boss Daddy” Bodie’s favorite snacks are “all the snacks” and all the animals on the farm are very sweet and loving!
Steve currently works as a Veteran Program Facilitator for Saratoga WarHorse. In this role, he guides veteran participants coming through the program, ensuring both their safety and confidence in the program. He's working on his bachelor's degree and says his life is back on track.