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New Orleans, LA - K9s for Warriors

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Excited to announce that joining us is New Orlean Saint's Sean Payton! He has confirmed to attend our October 11, 2013 New Orleans Benefit to introduce our K9S For Warriors graduate!

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 on Friday October 11, 2013 at the Loews Hotel 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 New Orleans 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 New Orleans, we will honor Leander:

Frightening night terrors. Intense flashbacks of a warzone left behind. Sleepless nights dawned unpromising mornings. The anxiety and fear accompanying Post Traumatic Stress Disorder left Leander Hines broken and hopeless. Hines had tried many other PTSD programs before with little success and feared the symptoms would never cease. He arrived at K9s for Warriors hesitant and afraid that his golden retriever, Sierra, would not be able to help.

K9s for Warriors president Shari Duval knew Hines had what it took to complete the program. By the end of the first week, Leander experienced a disabling night terror in which he was no longer at the K9s for Warriors campus, but back in Iraq surrounded by gunfire with no escape. That’s when Sierra began to nudge his foot gently, bringing him out of his night terror. “For the first time in three years, I felt safe,” Leander said.

After graduating from the program and returning home, Leander and Sierra began to work for Delta Airlines – they are the first human-service dog team the company has ever had. One day, Leander came home from work with the intention of laying down and taking a nap. However, Sierra began acting out of character; she barked and became agitated. She would not allow Leander to rest. Remembering K9s for Warriors’ advice to “listen to your dog,” he called his girlfriend and she took him to the hospital. He found out that he was having a heart attack and needed emergency surgery. Sierra was waiting loyally when he arrived in recovery.

What was hopelessness and fear has become optimism and gratitude. Leander and Sierra continue their lives together, taking it one day at a time, knowing that at each dawn, endless possibilities are on the horizon. This summer, Leander will begin shooting a remake of the movie “Full Metal Jacket” with Director Penny Marshall; Sierra will of course be his biggest fan.

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 New Orleans! Please join us in supporting a veteran with PTSD and a rescued service dog in New Orleans. You can donate as little as $10, $50, $100, $2,000, or become the honorary chair in New Orleans for $10,000! This program is 100% transparent, and 94 cents of every dollar benefits the veterans! Get involved by barking about it and donating here.

The Bark Business Tea will sing and dance its way to New Orleans on Friday October 11, 2013 at the Loews Hotel from 3:30-5:30PM.

Please donate to this wonderful event in New Orleans! Please join us in supporting a veteran with PTSD and a rescued service dog in New Orleans. You can donate as little as $10, $50, $100, $2,000, or become the honorary chair in New Orleans for $10,000! This program is 100% transparent, and 94 cents of every dollar benefits the veterans! Get involved by barking about it and donating here.

Bark Business Benefit Tour in New Orleans

Please join us for a patriotic tea to honor K9s For Warriors and meet graduates from the program!

Date: October 11, 2013

Time: 3:30-5:30 PM

Attire: Red, White, and Blue!

Place: Loews Hotel 300 Poydras St  New Orleans, LA 70130

BARK ABOUT IT – DONATE – VOLUNTEER – SHARE - GATHER YOUR TROOPS – TELL FRIENDS, CO- WORKERS & FAMILY! CREATE A FUNDRAISER!

 

To learn more about the Veteran, please visit this link: Leander

The Team: $10,345 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Animal Fair

Amount Raised

$10,345

 

103% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Jennifer Harrison

Amount Raised

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