BENEFITING: Freedom Service Dogs, Inc.
...Because veterans put service over self and don’t ask for anything in return.
These men and women deserve our support transitioning to civilian life, especially those with visible or hidden wounds from war. With Freedom Service Dogs, servicemembers and veterans are placed with highly specialized service dogs that help them find a new level of independence in their post-combat life. These trained dogs come from shelters and rescue groups. Pairing a veteran with a trained rescue dog saves not one, but two valuable lives.
To bring awareness to and raise funds for Freedom Service Dogs, I will be running a series of races that include:
- The Nation's Triathlon (September 11)
- Navy-Air Force Half Marathon (September 18)
- Waterman's Sprint Triathlon (October 2)
- Army 10-miler (October 9)
- Marine Corps Marathon (October 30)
- Pacers Veterans Day 10K (November 13)
100% of your donation will support Freedom Service Dogs, a non-profit organization that transforms shelter dogs into custom trained service dogs for people with disabilities.
Supporting veterans and animal rescue are two causes very close to my heart, and for me there is no better way to give back than to help an organization who works tirelessly to support both. To learn more about this great organization, visit their site here.
Why this cause matters to me
My father, Dave Rusinack, is my motivation. My dad is a Vietnam veteran; he was drafted and served in the Army from 1966-69, working as a chief flight mechanic on chinook helicopters. After leaving the service, my dad was very fortunate to transition back into his life after the Army and work hard to build a good life for himself and his family. Not all veterans who return from conflict have a smooth transition. As Freedom Service Dogs puts it, a vet’s disability, mental, physical or both, does not care if someone is around to assist with picking up dropped items or provide assistance when getting out of bed. The disability does not wait for a mental health professional to be available to level a dissociative situation or trigger a disturbing flashback. I want to do my part to help this organization save not just one, but two heroes.