Animal Fair via Crowdrise
July 08, 2013
BENEFITING: K9S FOR WARRIORS
Every 65 minutes a veteran commits suicide according to the Department of Veterans Affairs; most suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). This horrible epidemic is among the 2.4 million veterans and active duty members returning home – 184 new cases are diagnosed every single day! K9s For Warriors rescues dogs prior to being euthanized and trains them to be service dogs for Veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. This program is 100% proven, transparent and successful! 94% of every dollar donated to K9s For Warriors goes directly to the Veteran & service dogs. Only 6% is used on fundraising and overhead. Shari Duval, the founder and Executive Director of K9s For Warriors doesn’t receive a salary.
We hope you can you can attend our benefit or if you are unable consider donating $10.00, $100.00 or what ever amount you can afford to help a Veteran with PTSD in Atlanta receive a service dog from K9s For Warriors.
In 1999, Wendy Diamond founded Animal Fair Media and is a pioneer in the pet industry; merging celebrity, pop culture and animal rescue. She changed the face of the pet market and animal rescue world forever. Since she launched Animal Fair Media, the number of animals euthanized annually has dropped by 58 percent, from 12 million to 4 million this past year.
After learning the troubling statistic that every 65 minutes a veteran struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder commits suicide, Diamond made the decision to embark on a journey to help veterans suffering with PTSD and pair them with rescued service dogs. “Veterans have fought selflessly for our freedom and it’s time that the two and four legged roll over and fight for them.”
Wendy Diamond has dedicated her new book, How To Train Your Boss to Roll Over, to all the veterans who work tirelessly and selflessly defending our freedoms. The book is an entertaining and instructional manual threaded with Wendy’s trademark levity and wit that reinterprets successful dog-training strategies for the workplace. On the tour, Wendy will encourage everyone in the work world to engage in social good and make a difference by supporting our veterans through K9s For Warriors.
In Atlanta, we will honor David Moore who served as Staff Sergeant in the Army National Guard since he was 17. Moore served six years until he was honorably discharged in 1989. After a 16-year break, David re-enlisted in the Army National Guard. His first deployment was to Iraq in 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom where he suffered multiple injuries including what would later be determined as a traumatic brain injury due to an IED explosion. His second deployment was to Afghanistan in 2009 during Operation Enduring Freedom where he sustained significant damage to his vestibular system, which affects his balance and has caused significant hearing loss.
In 2011, he was formally diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and hearing loss. After seeking many treatment options both with the Veteran's Administration and private practice, Moore’s wife, Cara, found a program that treated soldiers for these injuries at ShepherdSpinalCenter in Atlanta, Georgia.
During Moore’s time at Shepherd, it was determined that he might be a candidate for having a service dog due to his balance issues and hearing loss. Cara Moore spent weeks researching the process of obtaining a service dog and that led her to seek out assistance from K9s for Warriors because of the programs focus and dedication to wounded warriors. At that time, SSG Moore began the process of getting a new "leash on life".
In June 2013, David started his recovery with Wilco at the K9s for Warriors facility in Ponte Vedra, Florida and has since returned to Georgia. He resides with his wife, six kids, three grandsons, and two Ragdolls cats, Milo and Gidget. SSG Moore will continue to serve with the Georgia Army National Guard until August 2013. David's service and dedication to our country and his desire to help other wounded warriors has led him and his wife wanting to assist another wounded warrior and their family through the K9s for Warriors program.
Wendy Diamond will host the BARK BUSINESS 10 City Media Tour, which will feature her hilarious new book, How To Train Your Boss To Roll Over. This brand new instructional manual will promote a positive work environment and explain how to work towards making a societal difference by raising awareness and funds for the K9′s For Warrior. Our bark business benefit will celebrate our wounded veterans and rally to raise awareness and donations for our American heroes that have sacrificed selflessly for our country.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, the tour will 100% benefit K9s For Warriors. Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets knows that natural nutrition is imperative for service dogs (and all dogs) because it ensures a long, happy life with their parents, and are on board with supporting the K9s For Warriors Bark Business Benefit Tour! American Express Open has partnered with us to empower and support Veteran small business owners. The Loews and Omni pet-friendly hotels are graciously providing the space for the Bark Business Breakfast, so we can gather, raise money, and get the bark out about K9s For Warriors!
Please donate to this wonderful event in Atlanta! Please join us in supporting a veteran with PTSD and a rescued service dog in Atlanta. You can donate as little as $10, $50, $100, $2,000, or become the honorary chair in Atlanta for $10,000! This program is 100% transparent, and 96 cents of every dollar benefits the veterans! Get involved by barking about it and donating here