After three deployments to Iraq and nine years in the military, Veteran Andrew Kintgen now works at New Freedom Farm to help struggling veterans and has formed lifelong relationships with both his fellow workers and the horses.
Andrew joined the military alongside his younger brother to serve our country during a time of war. He joined the US Army as a 19D Cavalry Scout in 2006. Less than 6 months after joining the Army Andrew was deployed to his first tour in Iraq. From 2007 to 2008 Andrew served in Abu Grahib, Iraq, then 2009 to 2010 in Sadr City, Iraq. Lastly, in Babil Province, Iraq from 2011 to 2012 for the close out of Iraq. After his three tours, Andrew reported to Ft. Benning in 2013 to serve as a rifle marksmanship instructor for new trainees.
In July 2015, Andrew left the military and was out on his own. Struggling with medical issues, Andrew was unsure of his next move. At his lowest point Andrew found New Freedom Farm which has provided him companionship, community, and relief. Andrew has built long term bonds with the horses at the farm. The farm provides therapeutic relief through the interaction with equines, and the horses benefit from this relationship just as much as Andrew. He is also very close with the other staff at the farm as they work together daily and have formed strong relationships through their experiences serving our country.
Currently, Andrew works at New Freedom Farm as general farm help and a veteran mentor. Located in Buchanan, VA, this nonprofit organization aids veterans and first responders with PTSD, substance use, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other conditions using equine therapy and peer-to-peer support.
Andrew along with three other employees at New Freedom Farm were honored as Hometown Heroes and their stories will be released in the following months! You can read more about the presentation here.
Branch Partner Jonathan Sweat from The Legacy Team Roanoke, VA branch was honored to present Clint with his Hometown Hero award.
*Pictured left to right: Fred Owens, Andrew Kintgen, Clint Cash, and Melvin Smith.
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