Headquartered at Shiloh Ranch in Nevada, we are dedicated to the preservation and wellbeing of our most valued and uniquely American resources, Our US Veterans and our American Wild Mustangs. Working with advocacy groups and the Bureau of Land Management, we strive to find new ways to eliminate and mitigate the abuse and slaughter of the American Wild Mustang. We take as many mustangs as possible from BLM, bring them to our ranch and begin the process of training them and preparing them for service and purpose, which could range from trail horse, backyard pet, ranch work and law enforcement. At The Liberty Projects we are dedicated to empowering our veterans. From simple service solutions like resumes or paperwork help to legal assistance and mental health therapy, we provide the means to be the you that you want to be. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support. By aligning the unique skills of veterans with wild mustangs, our goal is to promote great opportunities for both groups. With access to the right resources, people and horses become empowered by their own abilities and are able to live their best life. For over 20 years the driving force behind The Liberty Projects, JP Hoffman, a service-disabled veteran, informally tried to help vets where needed, from transitioning to civilian life to getting assistance with VA benefits applications or facilitating disability ratings status. It started small as friends would call JP about a son or daughter and then through word of mouth the phone calls increased. JP used his contacts in the VA system, American Legion and VFW to try and assist when and where he could. A close childhood friend of JP’s named Nick, whom he has known since grade school, sadly committed suicide in 2018. Nick not only joined the military with JP but succeeded beyond all expectations. While in the military Nick attended medical school, then went from enlisted man to OCS (Officer Candidate School) to become an officer and medical doctor. In 2017 he achieved the rank of Full Bird Colonel. Nick was actually JP’s primary care physician and they spent time together 3 days prior to Nick’s death. This pivotal event sparked the Liberty Projects. JP has seen too much death and suicide with our veterans and was determined to prevent this tragedy from happening when possible. JP is a Master Farrier with a background in ranching, agriculture, rodeo and horse training. His skills and knowledge led he and family to adopt and train wild mustangs in an effort to help where they could. Ideally, it was to show traditional horsemen and women as well as ranchers that the wild mustang is an extremely valuable asset not be so easily dismissed. JP's family and friends would bring vets to the ranch almost by accident where they seemed to gravitate to the horses. They began the process of integrating these vets with the horses and other animals at their ranch. Working with close friends and experts on holistic healing, JP and his close friend Laura Perry formed “The Liberty Projects”. They assembled the best and brightest in alternative wellness programs, equine training and management and veteran advocates to round out the board. We offer a variety of services for veterans currently: Disability Rating Re-Evaluations - Many people of unaware that when veterans are medically discharged from active duty they are assigned a disability rating that coincides with the veteran's ability to obtain and maintain employment. The ratings are from 10% to 100%. Which could mean a couple of hundred dollars per month to a maximum of around $3000 per month. One of the inherent problems with this type of system is that when you are young and strong, injuries (physical and/or mental) may not show up for many years or decades. The Dept of Defense through the VA has a path to request an increase in the percentage of disability with a request from the veteran. This process is handled by a 3rd party medical group. The process includes interviews, reevaluations of medical records, deep dives into personal matters, and takes a long time to complete. The problem is that most veterans give up long before an increase is granted and most claims on the initial application are denied. What we do: We assist in the preparation of all paperwork and documentation. This is done with our team at Shiloh Ranch. Our staff volunteers who are veterans and actually retired from the VA work with the individuals to ensure all paperwork and background information is complete and organized in a manner that ensures the most timely responses back from the Government. We role-play the various scenarios that can play out during the interview process, which seem to be designed to make a veteran either give up on the process or get them flustered. This is customized for each case. While no one other than the veteran is allowed in the appointment. We actually transport the veteran to the appointment, wait in the lobby and then after the appointment, we encourage them to stay at the ranch for a day or two afterward as re-living traumatic events tend to stick around for minute. We find the ranch is a great way to ease the mind. BrainPaint - While a neurofeedback program can be an effective tool for anyone we exclusively offer at no charge a complete program for veterans. The program takes between 45 and 60 sessions to effectively complete. For additional information: www.brainpaint.com We at the Liberty Projects have a Neurofeedback system and have 2 trained technicians. The Brainpaint system has shown to be as or more effective than sessions with trained counselors in addressing the severety of PSTD symptons. The primary benefit is that the participant does not have to talk or re-live traumatic events, all while receiving the benefits of a full counseling session. The brainpaint sessions are all performed at the ranch in a private office. Sweats for Vets - True, traditional sweat lodge ceremony lead by our tribal partners. Equine Therapy - There is no doubt that horses are very similar to humans. We both form bonds, we maintain family units, and we are sensitive to the emotions and feelings of others. Equine therapy has helped veterans for over a decade, and we believe in it too. Some veterans may even prefer to work with horses over humans. Sometimes we don't blame them. We offer multiple paths to achieving knowledge in working with horses. Whether for personal enjoyment and trail riding to more advanced work such as horse training and/or learning how to: shoe horses, team rope, team pen, showing, reigning etc. For our beginners we start with learning horse anatomy, to riding properly and with confidence, proper use of equipment, care etc. Thank you for taking your valuable time to learn about us. We lose an average of 22 veterans to suicide each day. We need your help to stop the suicides but also to help our veterans live fulfilling lives they deserve. The more horses we can save helps create the revenue to provide more and broader services to our veterans. Our veterans deserve more than what we as a country are providing them. There are 50,000 veteran based charities in the United States. The curious would ask why we need so many private citizens helping our military. The cold hard answer is that the Government doesn't care. They won't care...and its getting worse. We are a young charity that has been operating for a very long time on a shoestring. We organized to be able to do more with the help of generous folk like yourself. Our board is volunteer. Our personnel are volunteer. 100% of all donations go to work for our veterans and our mustangs. Two board members have even dedicated 100% of corporate profits from their separate nutraceutical line to this charity (www.gosonsofliberty.com). We are 100% all in. Can we count on you? God Bless America and her people.
Dedicated to the preservation of our most valued and uniquely American resources: our US Veterans and our American Wild Mustangs.