This time of year we pay our respects by remembering the people who’ve died while serving in our country’s armed forces, our Veterans and to those who continue to serve our country. Many families visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. And, many volunteers place an American flag on gravesites across America.
But, if you are looking for another way to volunteer this Memorial Day, then listen to Rita Rich by clicking here to learn more, as she interviews Jennifer Lund, Ph.D. – Founder & Executive Director of Hero-Dogs. This Memorial Day, we at Patriot-Made Audio pay tribute to a uniquely heroic work in process through Hero Dogs.org.
If you will be in Washington, DC on Memorial Day during Rolling Thunder, consider stopping by their booth to volunteer with Hero-Dogs!
Imagine having a dog that can turn on lights, pick up dropped keys or open a door. A service dog not only assists with physical tasks, but also provides social and emotional support.
Hero-Dogs.org is a Maryland 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with our nation’s Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence. Take a look at some of those who have graduated from the program.
Hero-Dogs now have five staff members and more than 100 volunteers committed to the success of our disabled veterans.
Hero-Dogs provides service dogs to Veterans who:
- have served in any branch of the uniformed services in any era; and
- have received an honorable or a general (under honorable conditions) discharge; and
- have a disabling medical condition (does not need to be service-connected); and
- have been released from all service and reserve obligations; and
- have met all Hero Dogs’ requirements for application into the program, applied, and been accepted into the program; and
- have successfully completed all required Hero Dogs training and certification requirements.
There is no cost to a Veteran for the service dogs we raise, train, and place, or for the training they give.
To learn more about applying for a Hero Dog, click here.
And, if you are looking for some helpful Veteran resources see the list on the Hero-Dogs website.