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:
PTSD is real. It’s serious, and it’s relentless.
For our veterans who suffer from it, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder causes nightmares, anxiety, depression, broken relationships, sleepless years, and the worst: suicidal ideation.
But at K9s For Warriors, we fight back every day. For years we’ve said that Service Dogs work. That they help heal our warriors from PTSD, help them reintegrate into society, and ultimately save their lives. We have 544 graduate teams (and counting) to support those claims.
K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of Service Canines for post-9/11 veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI and/or MST. We assist veterans who live across the entire country by pairing them with a trained Service Canine, providing three weeks of training for each warrior-canine team to progress through together, and send the pair home as battle buddies. This is a massive process that requires all hands on deck, and we could never accomplish this without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.
Thanks for your interest in hosting a fundraiser for K9s For Warriors for your birthday!
What’s this all about? Last year, we noticed how generous Facebook users were in holding birthday fundraisers to benefit our program. January is a time of new hopes and wishes for the coming year, so we thought we’d start a campaign to help you spread those hopes and wishes to our nation’s heroes suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).