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Dog Bless You – Facebook “LIKE” Dog Bless You and Support Our Vets!

06 Jun

DOG BLESS USA

From Memorial Day through July 4th, Explore.org will pair up to 100 companion and service dogs, valued at $500,000, with veterans who live with PTSD.  For every 5,000 “Likes” on their Facebook page, a vet will receive a service dog.

Currently, the “Like” count is at 206,908.

The Facebook page:  Dog Bless You – Join Dog Bless You and Support Our Vets!

Joining is simply clicking on the “Like” button. Nothing more.  No forms, no emails, no verifications, etc.  Just click “Like”… cannot be any more simple that that.

“The mission of explore.org is to champion the selfless acts of others, to create a portal into the soul of humanity and to inspire life long learning. The most important thing for me is to create a portal into the soul. What is the easiest way to do this? Through dogs – they see our soul like no other. That is why as we build dog bless you, I believe that it’s mission should be to “champion the selfless acts of animals.”

The initiative aims to spread awareness about the healing role dogs can play in the lives of those suffering from PTSD.

Dog Bless You was founded by filmmaker Charles Annenberg Weingarten, a trustee of the Annenberg Foundation and also the founder of Explore.org. Partners in this effort include the IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) and other veteran and service dog organizations.

“Dogs are serving this country unlike any other animal — from the battlefields of war, to the front lines of search and rescue to the ranks of police and fire forces across this country to the everyday person in need of a companion,” said Weingarten in a prepared statement. “We want to raise awareness about the amazing role dogs can play in the lives of veterans and people who suffer from emotional and psychological damage, while giving everyone a chance to participate through a zero-cost contribution.”

“Doctors, psychologists, and certainly veterans will all attest to the incredible benefits dogs bring to those suffering from the impact of war,” said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of IAVA.

PTSD service dogs can help veterans and other trauma survivors to reduce their anxiety levels and — for those who are physically disabled — navigate through the world. They can also be trained to wake their humans up from nightmares or to remind them to take their medications. “I see big increases in confidence with the dogs,” Jennifer Petre, founder of the service-dog training organization Stiggy’s Dogs recently told Hometownlife.com. “The veterans aren’t as worried as much with the dog. It takes pressure off them.”

According to a survey by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (cited by a report at PsychCentral), 82 percent of patients with PTSD who received service dogs experienced a decrease in symptoms, while 40 percent found they were able to reduce their medications.

In addition to simply liking the Dog Bless You Facebook page, people are invited to upload patriotic photos and videos and share personal dog-related stories.

“I’m sure during the course of this campaign, we’ll see and hear some amazing stories from our brave service people whose dogs have been a prime source of salvation,” said Rieckhoff.

According to the nonprofit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, it costs about $20,000 to raise, train and place a medical service dog.

The Dog Bless USA Challenge Grant runs from Memorial Day (May 30) through July 4.

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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Dog Blog, Dogs in the News, Service Dogs

 

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4 responses to “Dog Bless You – Facebook “LIKE” Dog Bless You and Support Our Vets!

  1. lrd9212@gmail.com

    June 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

    A dogs love is unconditional my dog is my bestfriend, I can’t tell you how she is always there for me, I don’t think I would of been able to get over losing my sister to cancer without her, I really believe my sister sent her to me from heaven. My Daisy is defenitly God scent. What you and your organization is doing for these vets and dogs is wonderful GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU ESPECIALLY THESE DOGS AND YOUR VOULENTEERS!

     
    • She speaks....

      June 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      I agree 100%. Explore.org is the organization which is doing this. I am helping pass the word on in love of dogs… and what they can do for the vets who have served our country. http://www.explore.org/

       
  2. Roy E. Singleton

    August 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    The story about Lucky awoke my heart and i want some love back in my life. Im 71 years and need to have that feeling again. I will take care of he or she with all my heart an give them all my love as i know they will give to me, maybe a shelterd whole bunch of love.
    Roy

     
  3. Roy Singleton

    August 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    IF YOU WANT PURE LOVE RAISE A PET AND HE WILL RAISE ALL THE FEELINGS FROM YOUR HEART. THERE IS A LOT OF LOVES OUT THERE AND I HAD PLENTY IN MY YEARS AND IM GOING TO FINE ANOTHER HEART AND LOVE TO LOVE TILL THE END.
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL,
    ROY

     

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