BENEFITING: K9S FOR WARRIORS
EVENT DATE: Nov 11, 2013
This fundraiser benefits "K9s For Warriors."
I had the privilege of speaking with veterans with PTSD as I prepped for my role in "Oliver Sherman." They were open and honest with me about their daily struggle. One of the guys who was so helpful to me has since taken his own life.
Every 65 Minutes a Veteran affected with PTSD commits suicide - according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects nearly 30% of all soldiers and 184 new cases are diagnosed daily. This is an alarming statistic, but studies prove dogs are very therapeutic and greatly beneficial in the treatment of PTSD as well as other military-related stresses. The K9s for Warriors Program pulls dogs from shelters prior to being euthanized and trains them to meet Canine Good Citizen standards. Upon completion, they are paired with a veteran with PTSD based upon the special needs of the veteran and the special tasks the dog is most capable of performing. In this valiant effort, the program costs approximately $10,000 to graduate one veteran/canine pair.
Shari Duval (wife of PGA TOUR player Bobby Duval) was inspired by her own son to start this program. She explains, “My son, Brett Simon, returned home from two tours in Iraq as a bomb dog handler. I didn’t even know what PTSD was. I only knew that my son came home a different person.” She continues, “Our family noticed that when he was with his canines he was better, more like the ‘old Brett.’ Our family had the resources to help Brett, but we know most do not. I spent two years researching service dog therapy and finally decided to open the K9’s For Warrior Program/Rescue.”
K9′s For Warrior Program/Rescue’s success is a triumph for the organization. Duval commented, “The warriors arrive here broken on two legs and leave here walking into their recovery on six. They are able to do things that weren’t possible before they received their service dog.” She added, “These dogs provide more medical improvement for the warriors than all the drugs they have been placed on.”
I like this organization because its success rate is incredibly high, it is 100% transparent and, unlike a lot of charities, the funding goes where it's supposed to.
Will you help me reach my goal? No amount is too small....$10, $20, $100. Every penny goes to the cause.
Thank you in advance, my friends.