Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have come to the forefront over the last decade after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a unique program in Virginia may have found a way to help treat the condition. The Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Program uses horses as therapy for injured veterans, ABC affiliate WJLA reports.

The first program of its kind, the initiative launched in 2006 and has helped many wounded warriors transition back into civilian life. In fact, it has been so effective it has inspired people to start up a number of similar programs across the country. Among those who benefited from the program is Army Staff Sgt. Adam Porras, who says the horses have helped quell his headaches and depression.

"It's completely different than going to physical therapy at the hospital," Staff Sgt. Richard Waugaman told the news channel. "It eases the pain for while I'm here. And when I leave it's all back again."

While programs such as this one offer relief, the Army is still working to better understand, and thus better treat, TBIs. Most recently, the Army ordered thousands of helmet sensors, called Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Systems, to monitor movements and impacts during an explosion.