At Dare to Dream Ranch, Vets Find Their Mission After the Military

The Foster nonprofit facilitates entrepreneurship and healing among veterans, active-duty and military families.

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Along a dirt road in Foster, a canopy of American flags leads to Dare to Dream Ranch, a place of pastoral peace for veterans searching for their mission after the military — particularly those battling mental health challenges. Karen Dalton, whose father is a Marine, founded the nonprofit in 2014 after gardening, nutrition and horse therapy improved her own chronic condition.

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“My goal is to help others do the same,” says Dalton. The ranch offers agricultural therapy — think: collecting chicken eggs for the VA homeless shelter — equine therapy, overnight retreats and career support. Dalton is also fundraising for an indoor equine facility, a gift shop for veteran-made wares and acreage to accommodate tiny homes for vets in need. A volunteer herself, Dalton is supported by a fleet of civilians and military families called to serve those who’ve served for us.

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