BENEFITING: K9S FOR WARRIORS
ORGANIZER: Animal Fair
EVENT DATE: Jul 24, 2013
Animal Fair wrote -
Support warriors and their K9s in the Nashville area!
Bark Breakfast Benefit Tour in Nashville, TN - July 24, 2013 at 7:30AM
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel 2100 West End Ave. Nashville, Tennessee, 37203
BREAKING NEWS! The chair of the Nashville Bark Breakfast Benefit has agreed to match your donations up to $10,000!!! DONATE today and double your donation.
K9s for Warriors rescues dogs from shelters prior to being euthanized and trains them to be service dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. We hope you can donate $10.00, $100.00 or what ever amount you can afford - 94% of every dollar will help a Veteran with PTSD in Nashville receive a service dog from K9s For Warriors.
Every hour, a veteran commits suicide! Service dogs are a natural cure for PTSD! Animal Fair and Wendy Diamond have partnered with K9s for Warriors and dedicated her book tour to raising enough money for a dog to be rescued from a shelter and trained as CGC-certified service dog for a Veteran with PTSD!
The K9’s For Warriors Program/Rescue removes dogs from shelters and transports them back to their facility. After having a complete physical, the dogs are trained to meet CGC (Canine Good Citizen) standards. Upon completion, they are paired with a veteran with PTSD based upon his/her special needs and the special tasks the dog is most capable of performing. It costs approximately $10,000 to graduate one veteran/canine team from the time the dog is accepted into training. This includes housing, feeding and training with his veteran for three weeks.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a very real epidemic amongst veterans and affects up to 30 percent of all soldiers; 184 new cases are diagnosed every single day. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, one soldier commits suicide every 65 minutes. This is an alarming statistic, but studies show dogs can be very therapeutic in the treatment of PTSD and other military-related stresses.
Shari Duval (wife of PGA TOUR player Bobby Duval) was inspired to start this program by her own son. 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 knew 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 go and 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.”
In Nashville we will honor Melissa and Alex.
Melissa one of the veterans that will be honored in Nashville, served in the US Army as an SPC for 8 years and graduated from K9s For Warriors in June 2012 when she was paired with Chauncey, a Golden Retriever. Chauncey was dumped at an animal shelter in Florida because his former family claimed they didn’t want him anymore when they decided to move back to Ohio. The shelter staff immediately knew he was a special dog and called K9s For Warriors. Chauncey is a big, lovable boy who helps Melissa with her PTSD and assists with her balance and mobility issues. Melissa was a performer in high school but due to PTSD, she had developed a stammer. When she and Chauncey were paired, she realized she no longer stammered! Melissa has overcome her stuttering and frequently gives speeches about the benefits of service dogs for PTSD! Melissa and Chauncey share a special bond - every time Chauncey senses Melissa is about to experience a panic attack, he rubs his big head up against her to remind her he’s there and that she can depend on him for comfort.
Alex, also being honored at this event, served in the United States Army for 6 years, and graduated from K9s For Warriors in August 2012, where he was paired with Skip, a Labradoodle. Skip was found wandering the roads in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and taken to Ponte Vedra Beach Animal Hospital. They tried to find his owner but no one ever claimed Skip, and he was donated to the K9s For Warriors program. At first, Alex wasn’t sure Skip was for him. He wasn’t sure that he wanted a Labradoodle, but Skip quickly won him over with his lovable personality. Alex also learned that Skip is a magnet for the ladies – an added bonus! Alex says Skip is the reason why he was able to eliminate prescription medications and was given the clearance from the VA to stop counseling, as Skip was the only prescription Alex needed to recover and regain his life.
Wendy Diamond will host the BARK BREAKFAST event, 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 Program/Rescue. Business leaders, celebrities, media personalities, and entrepreneurs that attend the breakfast event will celebrate our wounded veterans and rally to raise awareness and donations for our American heroes who have sacrificed selflessly for our country. Dogs are welcome to breakfast treats, too! You will also get to meet the veteran and the dog who will benefit from your generous donations!