BENEFITING: Warriors' Best Friend
Since 9/11, more than 500,000 service veterans have become disabled, and more than 100,000 of those soldiers suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury. Few Americans know that on this day, like every other day, 18 veterans will die by their own hand. More than 33,000 veterans have committed suicide in the past five years, that's more than the number of casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. And the number is rising.
For a soldier suffering from PTSD or TBI, the world is a frightening and confusing place. They experience anxiety, blackouts, nightmares, memory loss, fear of public places, and limited physical skills. This leads to unemployment, failed relationships and ultimately deep depression. A well-trained service dog can make a difference! Medical Studies prove that service dogs can help speed up a soldier's recovery, both physically and emotionally. And unlike other treatments, service dogs provide a lifetime of assistance and companionship.
At premier training facilities, carefully vetted rescue dogs go through a rigorous training program and get a new lease on life as a service dog for a deserving wounded warrior. Currently, thousands of warriors have applied for a service dog, but most find themselves on long waiting lists for up to 2 years.
Warriors' Best Friend is the first program to help fast-track the pairing of these warriors and service dogs through corporate sponsorships. Your partnership with Warriors' Best Friend will ensure our wounded warriors begin their healing as fast as possible. All of the dogs selected for Warriors' Best Friend program are rescued from local shelters and custom-trained to help with each veteran's individual needs. Each dog is provided FREE OF CHARGE to the veteran.
Warriors' Best Friend's crowd-funding program provides the means to do good and be recognized for it! Through WBF, sponsors reserve an annual sponsorship level that guarantees certain benefits, while using the opportunity to gain recognition from customers and the public at large. Companies and individuals are asked to first set a financial goal, then use their resources to achieve a level of support by making it known to their customers through emails and social media. Sponsors encourage their customers to join them in the cause by matching contributions from the public up to a certain dollar amount. Once the goals reached, they thank their customers in a very public way for their support in reaching the goal.
The Warriors' Best Friend Program is unique in that it clearly demonstrates how the right dog in need can go on to serve the right veteran in need. Warriors' Best Friend facilitates the match-making process and through its website provides a way for its sponsors, their customers and everyone in Kansas City and beyond, to see their favorite local dog succeed on the national stage.