One of our graduates, Becca, wrote our staff this touching Christmas card about her past year with her service dog, Bobbi. It was so moving that we just couldn't keep it to ourselves. We hope you also take away feelings of compassion and inspiration from her message, knowing that your support of our program helps make this possible with each service dog team we graduate.
First of all, in honor of Veterans Day, we want to tell every veteran reading this blog post that we respect you and appreciate all your service and sacrifice to our country. We know that without you, we could not be the great and free country that we are. Go USA!
You already know that K9s For Warriors specializes in training service dogs for veterans with PTSD, TBI and/or MST.
World Mental Health Day has many different meanings to many different kinds of people. You likely develop an image in your mind as soon as seeing the phrase “mental health,” whether it involves someone you know, or personal experience with the subject.
In recognition of National Service Dog Awareness Month, we created a fun, 6-question quiz to test our followers’ knowledge about what a K9s For Warriors Service Dog truly is. We posted it to Facebook in early September and watched the answers roll in.
We were impressed by the Service Dog savviness we found!
The vast majority answered all six questions correctly:
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. At K9s For Warriors, we help prevent veteran suicide by giving hopeless warriors a way to find hope again: through a loving service dog, and a new family they can lean on for life. In this new PSA, our warrior trainers - some who were once suicidal themselves - explain how they found life again, and how they pass on their renewed hope to fellow veterans.
This is an update to our original blog post, published on 6/12/2019.
During the week of July 22nd, we learned that the House Veterans Affairs Committee denied support of the PAWS Act of 2019, H.B. 3103 - again. As a whole, we are extremely dissapointed at yet another setback to our servicemembers getting the PTSD treatment that some of them desperately need: a service dog.
Travis Aaron Wade is a 0311 Infantry Marine who, 20 years ago, transitioned out of the military to an acting career in TV and film. His resume includes dozens of productions, most in the action and thriller genres with military and law enforcement themes. You may have seen him in TV shows such as NCIS: Los Angeles, Vegas, CSI, Criminal Minds, NCIS; or in the films War of the Worlds, The Forger, or Criminal Activities. His most recent project, Todd Robinson’s military drama, T
*This is a personal account and opinion piece from the wife of one of our warrior-canine teams, Jeff & Holly. Jeff's wife, Tiffany, expresses beautifully many topics that we often talk about. Her personal account is so moving that we had to share it. This has not been edited or changed at all, except for correcting the spelling of K9s For Warriors.*
The PAWS Act of 2019 – a bill designed to provide funding for service dogs for veterans - was introduced to Congress on June 5th by Florida Congressman John Rutherford. If passed, the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act will require the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a $25,000 voucher for a service dog to veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
An excerpt from our press release explains more: