Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Operation Freedom - Free a Hero

I found out about a great organization last week and I just have to share.
Freedom Service Dogs of America.  http://www.freedomservicedogs.org/
This is a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs. One program they offer specifically touched my heart.  It’s called Operation Freedom.
From their website: Operation Freedom was developed to help returning war veterans and military personnel transition from active duty and combat to civilian life. Service members and veterans are placed with highly specialized service dogs that help them find a new level of independence in their post-combat life.
I was amazed by what they could train these rescue dogs to do. From opening doors, picking up dropped items, helping their owners out of bed when necessary, to even being a calming presence during a night terror.
I had no idea an organization like this existed. These men and women returning from war have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. What better way to say thank you than to help them now in their time of need.
Dogs are special in so many ways. My little Westie is a stinker and keeps me on my toes, but she also fills my days with lots of unconditional love and laughter.
Please take a second to check out the site and help if you can. There are so many applicants at this time, they are having a tough time keeping up with the requests. These rescue dogs are awesome, but it does take about six months or so to train them and the applicants need them ASAP. It’s so sad to think the government won’t step in and help out when these returning heroes should be a number one priority.