The Aiken Chapter of Military Officers of America Association will host guest speaker Bob Nevins, founder of the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation, at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 5.


The meeting will be held at Newberry Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.


The Saratoga WarHorse Foundation's unique program provides a three-day confidential, peer-to-peer, equine-based program for veterans struggling with the effects of post traumatic stress disorder, sleeplessness or suicidal thoughts.


Veterans are paired with retired Thoroughbreds with a focus on creating a trusting relationship with the horse, which helps the veteran begin to heal and creates an emotionally empowering experience for the veteran.


Nevins served in Vietnam as a medevac pilot for the 101st Airborne, 326th Medical Battalion, and was wounded in action in 1971. While attempting to rescue wounded American GIs in Vietnam, his unarmed helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade that instantly killed two of his four crewmates and sent the machine plummeting 150 feet. He somehow escaped. For his efforts in helping rescue fellow airmen from the wreckage, Nevins was awarded the Soldier's Medal.


Nevins retired from his 24-year career as an airline captain in 2011 to work full-time with the WarHorse Project.


The meeting is open to non-Military Officers of America Association members.


Reservations are required and the deadline for registering is on Friday at 6 p.m. The cost is $22 per person for the dinner. For more information, call Linda Caldwell at 803-226-0546.