Most Americans have never fought in a war, never smelled fear and ammunition in combat, never worried about being blown up by a roadside bomb. This Veterans Day, we as Americans need to remember those who fought for our country while we stayed safe, out of the crossfire.
Please not to let this Veterans Day go past without participating in a way that enriches your sense of duty and country while reminding veterans that they will not be forgotten.
Not just on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, but with a daily Armistice in our hearts.
Vets Helping Heroes (VHH) is a national non profit organization that provides professionally trained dog’s for every veteran who needs, wants and who could benefit from the services that only a guide or service dog can provide. These are no ordinary dogs we’re talking about. They are the equivalent of elite commandos, called on to give their all. Screening a dog for requisite traits like patience, intelligence and confidence, and then training a dog to observe and react to subtle changes in an environment or in an owner’s behavior, is a lengthy and expensive process. The cost ranges between $10,000 – $60,000 per dog which our veterans simply cannot afford.
Vets Helping Heroes provides service dogs at no cost to the veteran. These dogs make the difference between an active life and an isolated one for our nations veterans who gave so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.
To all of our U.S. veterans, thank you for your service!
Original post date: 11/10/2013
Article written by: Kathy Genovese, Board of Directors, Vets Helping Heroes