It’s really sad that we live in a world where human beings are put in a position to wind up with post-traumatic stress disability. While looking forward to a day when that is no longer the case, we have to face the reality of what is. War is an ugly reality. Whether or not you support the decisions or leaders who put human beings in a position for this to happen to them, humanity and compassion dictate that when it is within your power to do something to help someone who is suffering, you should do it, setting aside personal judgements and politics.
K9s for Warriors has a double appeal in that regard. Not only are they training service dogs to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disability (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, suicidal tendencies, and military sexual trauma, but 95% of the dogs they use in their program are rescue dogs from high-kill shelters. It’s a great two-pronged approach to helping a human in need and saving the life of an animal at the same time.
In the video segment below from Fox & Friends, Captain Jason Haag (RET.) discusses the impact his service dog, Axel, had on his life.
As of July of 2016, K9s for Warriors says they were able to rescue 100 dogs for the year. 306 have been rescued since the program began in 2011.
Their mission inspired The Finest: A G.I. Joe Costume Club to name K9’s for Warriors as the beneficiaries of their 2017 charity work, including their 2017 Girls of the Finest calendar. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of the calendar throughout 2017 will be donated to K9s for Warriors.
Production of the 2017 Girls of the Finest calendar is now being funded on Indiegogo and many incentives are available for sponsors, starting at the $5 level. With 13 days left to go in the campaign and as of this writing, $6,706 has already been donated and there’s only $1794 left to reach the $8500 goal.
“The causes we support are near and dear to our hearts,” The Finest writes on their Indiegogo campaign. “A significant portion of Finest members are active duty service members and veterans, and we wanted to engage a charity that would help assist service men and women after they return home in an impactful way!”
According to their website, “The Finest was established in 2007 to provide a positive community for fans to share their passion for the G.I. Joe universe by means of building and wearing high-quality costumes… Finest members actively promote interest in the G.I. Joe brand and use appearances at conventions and other events as a means to support community projects and charity efforts.”
“Finest members appear and exhibit at nearly 75 pop-culture conventions, parades, and other events worldwide,” they write. “Since 2014, we have raised more than $20,000 for [charitable] causes.”
Unlike some other well-known charities that use the majority of their raised funds for “administration costs,” K9s for Warriors says 82% of funds directly impact programs to help disabled veterans.
To support the Girls of the Finest 2017 calendar, visit the campaign page on Indiegogo.
For more information on K9s for Warriors, visit their website.