A woodworking project is helping people recover from the stresses of being on the front line. The former veterans are creating their own rocking horses. Kevin Gray is one of the people who is creating his own rocking horses. He now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Kevin stated that creating the rocking horse is making it easier for him to manage his disorder. He stated that he now has a great sense of achievement. He also stated that participating in the woodworking project gives him friendship and a sense of belonging. Those are things that he has missed since he has been out of the military.
Kevin works at the Phoenix House along with 100 other veterans. Bob Marshall is the manager of the woodshop. He stated that he has been delighted by the results that he has seen. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that can be difficult to deal with. People with this disorder often feel as though they are worthless. Building the rocking chairs gives people a sense of purpose. They are also able to discover skills that they may not have known that they had.
The Guild of Rocking Horse Makers has recognized the skills and workmanship of the veterans. Every horse is worth up to £1800, which is equivalent to $2,370.96 US dollars. Once the horses have been created, they will be given to loved ones.