John Brooks Co-Founder Team Leader
John, has been serving people in one capacity or another since he was the director of an outdoor wilderness day camp at Lake Evergreen, IL in 1989; then a wilderness counselor at Bear Mountain, NY in 1990. He discovered he loved the great outdoors and that nature is a powerful location for life change. For over 20 years John has led hundreds of youth from many different walks of life across 13 counties. 2008-2010 he furthered his education as he pursued his MA as a therapist. "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve those who put their lives on the line for our freedom! It is my belief that I have a duty to use my talents and abilities to serve others. A lesson I learned from my late father. He passed in 2013; the year we started pursing this dream of Project Freedom Ranch."
Len Wright Co-Founder, Liason to Veterans
Len has been a resident of West Palm Beach Florida for the past 30 years. He is currently retired; former owner of Executive Limousines of the Palm Beaches. Len was Educated at MBI, graduating 1961. He served in the US Army, 1962-1965; a PTSD surviver. Len is also a cancer survivor; lost half a lung, likely to agent orange. Len continued his education at Columbia International University, Columbia, SC. 1973. His love for others and desire to see healing of fellow soldiers has led him to making this dream a reality. Len is a wise man who brings great ideas, energy, excitement and wisdom.
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Sony Brooks Equine Specialist
Sony, the daughter of Tod Wellington; a United States Air Force Decorated Pilot during the Vietnam era, was born in Japan. After moving stateside, her father gave her a 4H rescue horse for her 11th birthday. Shadow and Sony became fast friends. She competed with Shadow and went on to earn top rankings in South Florida western show circuit. She has been riding & training horses (on and off) for over 40 years. She has a gifted ability to train both the horse & the rider. Sony has been a personal fitness trainer since graduating from TCU; a die-hard Horn Frog. Many of those years she has owned her own business. As an avid athlete and coach she is excellent in challenging teams and individuals; while empowering them to challenge themselves. Sony's skill set is a great asset as we help veterans attain their American dream!
Our Personal Stories
Project Freedom Ranch (AKA PFR) was born from the conversation between two generations, Len (70), John (45), and Sony (46). Len served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. John’s father served in the United States Navy during the Korean War; as well as his uncles who flew off aircraft-carriers. Sony’s father was also a pilot during the Vietnam War. John most recently attended graduate school to be better equipped to serve others. It was during this period of studying Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that John became aware that our soldiers and veterans are suffering. He was shocked by the statistic, that on (average) a combat veteran takes their own life every hour, every day (22 a day). An equally propelling force came from our personal relationships. Relationships are what propelled John, Sony & Len to start PFR. Len has firsthand experience; having had PTSD himself from war. John’s childhood friend came back from The Gulf War and as John tells it, “it wasn’t him, he was a shell of himself”. Sony was actually born on a military base; since her father was stationed in Japan, flying missions into Vietnam. John and Sony both have volunteered in equine assisted therapy at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center & Horseback Miracles. It was through their training and working with the participants, along with hearing success story after success story, that they became believers in equine therapy. Since this time, the two of them have been working towards offering free equine therapy to the men and women who serve and protect our nation.
Jenny Rae Wilson Administrator
Jenny and John have known each other for over 15 years. Their first adventure was to Costa Rica; which was also their second adventure. She too has dedicated here life to serving others. Aside from her many people skills and vast knowledge of working with non-profits; Jenny is one of those people who positively influences whoever is in her midst. She is a fighter! Having Cerebral Palsy can limit most people. Jenny was a part of a team that I lead in Costa Rica. Two summers in a row, for a month she trekked side-by-side. Not once did I ever hear her complain. I heard a lot of complaining... but not a peep from Jenny! She is a fighter with a deep love for Jesus. Her love for those in need, is fierce. We are very blessed to have her a part of our team!