As an Army veteran deployed to Iraq in 2003-04, I am intimately familiar with the challenges that our warriors face daily. Depression and isolation are just two of the many problems service members may experience when returning from a combat zone. In 2012, when I was introduced to K9s For Warriors, I realized there was hope for returning warriors who, like me, struggled with issues related to deployment.
However, rather than applying to the program to receive a service dog, I embraced K9s For Warriors in a different capacity: I started volunteering regularly. That grew into employment, and eventually, into my role today overseeing Warrior Operations. Every month, warriors teetering with little hope come to us for help, often as a last resort. Remarkably, over a three-week period, there’s an enormous positive change in them which is very gratifying to observe.
I have watched in amazement this organization blossom into the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for PTSD. With growth comes change, but K9s For Warriors consistently saves lives and offers the highest level of respect for those warriors who have sacrificed for our country. As the COO, I am committed to making sure I do my part to help my brothers and sisters in arms. Thank you for your continued support of K9s For Warriors!