These quarterly updates used to be called "The STOP22 Review," intended to reflect the 22 daily suicides of military veterans.
Now called “K9 Connect”, I’d like to share a few highlights...:
“... the latest VA statistic cites 20 daily suicides. While suicide statistics are hard to fully rely on, we'll gladly accept the update, hoping that our work is playing a role in the decrease.”
“This update shares K9s For Warriors' progress in rescuing dogs, and returning veterans to life with dignity and independence.”
“ Regarding the epidemic of veteran suicide, there is a need for federal funding for the innovative ‘prescription on four legs’ that we know help our nation's heroes heal.”
“With your help we can effect legislative change for disabled veterans to receive service dogs from the VA as a standard PTS treatment option. Knowing we're stronger together, we've taken a leading role in creating the ASSOCIATION OF SERVICE DOG PROVIDERS FOR MILITARY ...(ASDPMV). Created earlier this year, the association is a coalition of K9s For Warriors and other service dog organizations fighting to give our veterans a second chance at life with a trained service dog. You can keep up with ASDPMV and take action when supporters are called on by visiting their website @ http://servicedogs4vets.org/”
Brian & Goose graduated in April 2016.
Here's a brief part of the update he gave on his astounding recovery: ‘Since being paired with Goose, I have stopped taking all pharmaceuticals, lost unhealthy weight, increased my sleep, and overall am incredibly more relaxed in public.
I’ve learned to pay close attention – a different kind of attention than I’ve ever known to give a dog – and can tell when he’s telling me something.
We trust each other... the difference from who I was before is like night and day.’ "
I first learned about K9s for Warriors when I worked on a group writing project in 2013.
Mysterious and Miraculous is a collection of non-fictional testimonies from individuals who claim to have experienced, or observed mysterious and miraculous events, from angel encounters, to dying and living to tell about it.
It was an honor to contribute my story, Forty-Six Hours, to this compelling and captivating collection in Volume I of Mysterious and Miraculous. Angelia Phillips and Alastar Packer did an incredible job of selecting a mix of supernatural and paranormal accounts, many relayed from a first-person perspective. The universal themes of faith, security and well-being are woven throughout each story.
By purchasing this book, K9s for Warriors will receive 70% of the earnings of the Legacy Archives Foundation. The books compiled by the Legacy Archives Foundation are produced entirely by volunteers and are intentionally low priced at $ 4.99 in Kindle format to maintain affordability for inclusion into your own library and right on time for a special holiday gift(s).
I even received a 'thank you' phone call from Dennis (K9s for Warriors) for our group’s support of the organization. He was personable, humble and grateful for our gift from the sales of MMB1.
Thank you for your support and sharing of this beautiful organization and a darned good read as well!
Until next week, wishing you peace and hugs,
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