VetDogs.org

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I found this company after my daughter brought home a bag of doggie treats for my loving Rottweiler, Dahlia.  I love to support companies and people that support our Veterans and Active Duty women and men.   Some of the dog owners here at firebase116.org feel the same way.  Dahlia loved the treats, I tried a couple myself…mmmm, Chewie tooYummy!  Feel free to visit their website at www.vetdogs.com or www.vetdogs,org.

Our Mission

To help those who have served our country honorably live with dignity and independence.

America’s VetDogs® – The Veteran’s K-9 Corps® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and serves the needs of disabled veterans and active duty personnel. Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation has provided guide dogs and training at no cost to people who are blind or visually impaired, including veterans.BoeBMEdited

In 2003, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind recognized the need for an overall assistance dog program for veterans that would incorporate guide dogs, service dogs, and state-of-the-art mobility devices – especially as our nation’s veterans age and as our country’s wounded warriors return home from active conflicts aboard.

America’s VetDogs was created and incorporated to give veterans easy access to the best services possible to improve their lives.

We have worked hard to build cooperative relationships with the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and today, we are the premier organization providing assistance dogs and training to disabled veterans and active service members. We set the standard by which the military and the VA measure assistance dog schools. We continually strive to increase the options and services for veterans to ensure that they receive all the tools they need to once again be self-reliant.

Our dogs have touched thousands of lives – from disabled veterans, to service   members deployed overseas, to their families.

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We have been honored with the Secretary of the Army Public Service Award, the second-highest level award given to civilians “for exceptional service that makes a substantial contribution to the accomplishment of the Army’s missions.”

America’s VetDogs is our way of honoring the sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform, and our dedication to America’s veterans is stronger today than ev

er before. We will do our part to see that a guide or service dog will help a veteran live independently again.

All of our services are provided at no cost to veterans, the military or active duty personnel. America’s VetDogs relies on voluntary public contributions to fund its efforts.

Gillette Stadium Unveils Tribute to Lost Soldiers

Gillette Stadium Unveils Tribute to Lost Soldiers

In November, Gillette Stadium was the first major sport and entertainment venue to feature an unoccupied seat in recognition of military personnel still listed as Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing In Action (MIA).  The seat will remain permanently unoccupied during football games and events in honor of the POWs and MIAs.

Gillette Stadium Empty Seat for POWs

The black seat is located on the concourse in the stadium’s south zone.  It is accompanied by the United States and POW/MIA flags.  Gillette stadium is home to the New England Patriots American Football League franchise, and the New England Revolution Major League Soccer team.

firebase116.org loves our PATRIOTS!  Mr. Kraft is a man of honor and so is his organization.  GO PATS!

 

June is PTSD Month – Homebase

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The enemy within.

This June, in recognition of PTSD Awareness month, the Home Base Program launched its first public service advertising campaign designed to increase awareness for the “invisible wounds” of war – post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – and raise funds to support our clinical, education and research services. The public service campaign includes print, radio, on line, electronic billboards and other out-of-home advertising. Developed pro bono by Hill Holliday, all the ads feature strong messages about post traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and encourage viewers to visit www.helpathomebase.org to donate and learn more about the program. To develop the campaign, Hill Holliday met with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts as well as military families who have received help at Home Base. You can see the print ads here and the billboard ads here. The campaign also includes two radio spots voiced by Will Lyman of PBS FrontLine; one is set to When Johnny Comes Marching Home. Listen here and here.

“These messages are timely and urgent. Although the U.S. war in Iraq has ended and troops are returning from Afghanistan, it is critical that we remember that for many veterans and their families, these wars have not ended and the return home has meant nightmares and difficulty sleeping, no longer feeling safe in every day places, trouble concentrating, severe headaches and family stress,” said Brigadier General (Ret) Jack Hammond, Executive Director of Home Base.

A special feature of the advertising campaign is a Beetle Bailey cartoon developed exclusively in support of Home Base by renowned cartoonist Mort Walker, which appeared in the Boston Globe on June 16. This is the first time Mr. Walker has been engaged in an effort to raise awareness of PTS, and he has recorded a wonderful video to discuss his decision to use the iconic Beetle Bailey to take on such a serious topic. The message is quite simple: Post Traumatic Stress can affect any service member or soldier – even Beetle Bailey.

A number of media outlets have contributed thousands of dollars in advertising space and time for the Home Base effort including: The Boston Globe, Clear Channel, MLB, Jumptap, Millennial Media, WHDH, AdSpace, JCDeceaux and many others.

“There’s no greater honor than being of service to our veterans and military families,” said Mike Sheehan, Chairman of Hill Holliday. “We are honored to offer our resources, creativity and support to Home Base, and to raise awareness about post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Returning veterans and their families deserve every resource available to help them adjust to life back home.”

“The clinicians and staff of Home Base and all of our veterans and family members are so grateful for the talent and generosity of Hill Holliday in creating this unique and very powerful campaign. We are also grateful for the generous contribution of Mr. Mort Walker and especially to our media partners who have recognized the importance of this issue and made the decision to step up in support of our returning veterans and families,” said General Hammond.