In June 2020, I was contacted by Sarah Sweeny from Military Friends Foundation who offered me a $1,00 COVID 19 Military Relief Fund grant to goes towards immediately assisting veterans and their families and families of Fallen Service Members to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money from this grant is going to be use to deliver 300 BBQ Chicken Dinners to Veterans in the City of Haverhill. It’s important that we work together, come together and support one another. This project that quickly came together does just that. With the help and support from Military Friends Foundation, AMVets Post 147, VFW Lorraine Post 29, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Merrimack Valley Hope Mission, Disabled and Limbless Veterans, Winchester Knights of Columbus Council 210, Market Basket, Institution for Savings Bank in Newburyport, Senator Diana DiZiglio and her staff, Rep. Andy Vargas, Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, members of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, and several local business owners and members of the community we will be able provide support directly to the homes of our veterans.Continue reading
I would like to share with you an idea that started off as me wondering if me service dog could talk and share his story with my niece and nephew what it sound like? How would explain his work as a service dog? What was his life like abandoned on the streets? Or the his experience in the shelter?
Mocha, The Superhero Service Dog a children’s book now published through Amazon tells the story of a rescue dog who’s life in the beginning was not all that good. Abandoned on the streets of the big city, sick, lonely and hungry. This story is told from Mocha’s point of view. Mocha has had quite the experience throughout his life. Throughout of his story you hear and learn about several struggles, and obstacles he has overcome and he never gave up. Even when he learned he might be put down do to his health, Mocha stayed positive.Continue reading
I would like to take a moment and share with you a project that we are doing to help and support those who live outdoors. Today, folks may find themselves in situations, or struggles that are far out of their control. Things that can drastically change and affect their life – sometimes even leaving them living outdoors.
As the number of people with service dogs grow, so does the need for education on service dogs. For years dogs have been trained to provide a service to individuals with disabilities, to include guide dogs, hearing dogs, and mobility dogs. Today, dogs are being trained as service dogs for our veterans with who have PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain injury). As the use of service dogs are increasing I feel it is equally important to increase the education of service dogs.