Help a Veteran get a Dog
I’ve explained my deep connection to the power of the pooch to you all in a prior post. Here is an organization that I urge you to support. They are donating service dogs to veterans. It will cost you nothing to support their efforts. Here is their press release:
Dog Bless You Launches Social Media Challenge Grant to Pair Service Dogs with Military Vets in Need
Philanthropic Dog Community to Donate a Service Dog for Every 1,000 Follows to its Facebook, Tumblr or Pinterest Pages through the end of July;
Offers People a Way to Support Troops without Opening Wallet
Santa Monica, CA- Dog Bless You, a philanthropic community created to champion the selfless acts of dogs and celebrate the unique role they play in improving the human condition, issued a challenge grant today that will pair service and companion dogs with military veterans in need. The challenge grant, dubbed Sprit of ‘76, aims to provide people an easy and free way to contribute to a good deed and show support to service men and women, while providing a platform for sharing unique stories and raising awareness about the healing role dogs play in the lives of those affected by war.
From now until Independence Day (July 4th) Dog Bless You will donate a service or companion dog to an American veteran in need for every 1,000 followers to its Facebook, Pinterest or Tumblr pages. From PTSD to those with life changing injuries, the organization will feature new pictures, videos and stories of war veterans and their dogs every day and work with dozens of service dog organizations to foster discussions aimed at educating and inspiring.
Dog Bless You was founded and is led by Charlie Annenberg Weingarten, vice president of The Annenberg Foundation, who is also the founder of explore.org, a philanthropic media organization created to champion the selfless acts of others and inspire lifelong learning. Since its founding 2011, Dog Bless You has used challenge grants to brings search and rescue dogs to locations ravaged by disasters, pair seeing eye dogs with the blind, and bring more than 40 service dogs to veterans with PTSD. This year’s challenge grant, valued at up to one million dollars, will be the biggest initiative in the community’s history. The organization never asks for donations, believing that the commitment of time and show of support is the best vehicle for creating awareness and engagement around important issues.
“Dogs are the guardian angels of the human soul, and few people need or deserve them more than those who have served our country” said Annenberg. “If we entrust dogs to help critical missions on the fields of war, we should entrust dogs to help take care of our men and women at home”.
Participating organizations include Pets to Vets, Soldier’s Best Friend, Puppies Behind Bars, Freedom Service Dogs, Paws for Purple Hearts, Paws and Stripes, Patriotic Paws, and ECAD, with more to be added during the course of the campaign.
More about Issues Facing Veterans:
45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related
- Veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average, and the most recent ones over the last year are claiming 11 to 14
- Forty percent of all homeless people are veterans.
- PTSD occurs in about 11-20% of Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom), 10% of Veterans of the Gulf War (Desert Storm), and 30% of Vietnam Veterans.
- Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has PTSD.
- Health care costs for all veterans with PTSD will be an estimated $6.2 billion biannually.
- Eighteen veterans will commit suicide every day
I’m honored to support Dog Bless You and spread the word of their campaign. Dogs can make a difference with our veterans. I know one who has already.
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