BENEFITING: K-9’s for Warriors
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: Your Journey Your Cause 2017
As many people know, I am very passionate about our veterans and have very close friends who have served overseas to protect our freedom. I personally believe that being a part of the military is one of the toughest jobs out there, and that these veterans are truly heroes for our country. However, some figures estimate that upwards of 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or depression, and that number climbs higher when paired with traumatic brain injuries. For this reason, I am working to raise money for the charity K9s For Warriors that offers a unique program for veterans through the IRONMAN Foundation.
K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. This charity provides each veteran a service canine along, as well as equipment, training, certification, seminars, legal instruction, vet care, housing, home cooked meals, unconditional love and listening, and life-time of wrap-around services (including available life-long healthcare and food for their dogs).
The idea of taking a trained rescued dog and paring them with a veteran to help them cope with their PTSD is one of the coolest things I've ever heard of and, in my opinion, absolutely brilliant in that it saves two lives. I personally want to help as much as I can by raising money and awareness for K9s for Warriors, so that all veterans can have a companion and special bond to help them through the tough times.
I'm also a proud owner of a 9-year-old golden retriever, Tucker Doodle, who I consider to be my best friend. Tucker Doodle and I have a special and unbreakable bond as he brings me loyalty, comfort and joy. The impact that Tucker has had on me is hard to describe in words, so I am looking forward to helping veterans have the same reaction on a much larger and more critical scale.
Photo Credit: Jason Meyers