Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Dog Bless U.S.A.
I was watching the news and hearing about soldiers coming back from war, the high suicide rates and the many difficulties returning to a “normal” life. However one news story really touched my heart. There’s an organization called, DogBlessYou.org. It’s a new internet campaign to help veterans with their struggle with debilitating pain and post-traumatic stress disorder to get some much-needed help from four-legged friends.
DogBlessYou.org is the brain child of Los Angeles-based filmmaker and philanthropist Charlie Annenberg Weingarten. For every 5,000 'likes' on the facebook page, a service dog will be donated to a veteran in need.Weingarten says he believes the campaign will help spread patriotism and give injured veterans a much-needed companion."It's interesting because the way we deal with PTSD is strictly on a medical basis. But really what's missing is love and belonging," Weingarten said. "Imagine a spirit that all it wants is to help you, you know, and to make you smile.
Here’s the link to the story: http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-dog-bless-you-veterans,0,4696022.story
More importantly – here’s the facebook link – Remember for every 5000 “likes”, a service dog is donated. Let’s see what we can do get the word out.
This is such a great organization and when you read the article it is very heartwarming and touching.