Patti grew up the granddaughter of two WWII veterans. One a Marine who was captured on Wake Island and spent years as a POW in Japan.  The other a Navy machinist who served on the USS Hancock. Without a firsthand understand of the struggles her grandfathers both endured during wartime service, Patti grew up knowing there were emotional scars from their time in service. As an adult she learned about PTSD and started to draw the lines to connect her experiences, those in her family and her grandfathers back to their experiences during WWII.

In January of 2015, Patti approached Veterans R&R about implementing the Heroes Equine Leadership Program (H.E.L.P). She is a EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist, accomplished horsewoman of 35 years who has trained Western Trail Horses to National Champions in the sport of Dressage. Patti is bringing her personal horses to the program to help improve the lives of our active military and veterans. She is committed to improving the lives of our veterans & military personnel through their connection, growth and learning experiences with horses.