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The paws4people Foundation and our paws4vets program want to thank Warrior Salute, Inc.

October 3, 2018

Mr. Michael Reilly

565 SW Sun Circle
Palm City, FL 34990

Dear Mr. Reilly,

The paws4people Foundation and our paws4vets program want to thank Warrior Salute, Inc. for inviting us to be a part of the Warrior Salute Golf Tournament in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Over the three years, Warrior Salute, Inc. generously donated a total of $45,000 to the paws4vets program. We are extremely grateful for the support from Warrior Salute, Inc. which has helped to transform the lives of veterans struggling after serving our country

The paws4people Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 54-19448479) founded in 1999 by Kyria Henry and her father, Terry Henry, a veteran living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (https://paws4people.org/). The mission of paws4people is educating and empowering people to utilize Assistance Dogs to transform their lives. paws4people accomplishes its mission through breeding, training and placement of Assistance Dogs with two general groups: (1) children and adolescents with physical, neurological, psychiatric, or emotional disabilities; and (2) Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD resulting from Sexual Trauma (Military or Civilian) (MST/ST), Moral Injury, and other neurological, psychological, and/or physical disabilities.

In 2008, paws4people launched its paws4vets program, which is dedicated to training and placing customized Assistance Dogs with Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members, and their families living with PTSD/C-PTSD, TBI, MST, Moral Injury, and other neurological, psychological, and/or physical disabilities. The paws4vets program is unique and extremely effective because of its proprietary, comprehensive, and customized transfer training process, the “Bump” process during which each dog chooses his/her client forming a Client/Dog team, its volunteer medical evaluation team (pMET) that corresponds with each client's care providers to ensure continuity of care, its peer mentors and client advocates, and requirement of annual re-certification testing to ensure continual quality of placements. Terry Henry, innovator of the paws4vets program, was honored as an Everyday Hero by ION TV for the impact that the paws4vets program is having in the lives of veterans. See link to short video highlighting the program: https://vimeo.com/155617960

Over the past 19 years, paws4people has placed customized Assistance Dogs in 25 states and Canada. It takes 2 years to train and place an Assistance Dog and they are valued at $65,000 at placement. Our clients receive dogs at no cost. However, after dogs are paired with clients, they are asked to participate in a Pay-It-Forward (PIF) campaign with a goal of raising $10,000 by voluntarily engaging in awareness or fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization, helping those who will come after them and helping the organization to continue to provide more Assistance Dogs for more people in need. Participating in the PIF campaign not only results in clients more invested in receiving, utilizing and caring for their Assistance Dogs, it also provides a mechanism whereby each client can engage in activities outside his/her normal comfort levels, thus allowing him/her to get involved in a process that is “bigger than themselves,” which can provide therapeutic benefits in and of itself.

The demand for paws4people Assistance Dogs is great. Currently, for every 50 applications received, we are able to serve one person requesting an Assistance Dog.

According to the National Center for PTSD, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD occurs in 11-20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. In January 2014, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a report finding that the suicide rate for young male Veterans ages 18-29 increased significantly – nearly 44% -- in recent years. In August 2016, the VA reported that 20 Veterans die from suicide every day.

In addition, in a 2015 report on Military Sexual Trauma, the VA found that 1 in 4 women using VA healthcare report having experienced MST and the diagnosis most commonly associated with MST is PTSD. However, many victims of MST also experience other diagnoses, such as depression, other mood disorders, and/or substance use disorders. In July 2016, the VA reported that, since 2001, the age-adjusted rate of suicide among U.S. female veterans has increased by 85.2%. Furthermore, like military veterans who have experienced combat-related trauma, sexual assault survivors (military and civilian) are using service dogs to mitigate symptoms of PTSD.

The mission of paws4vets is to provide healing and hope to veterans and service members struggling with PTSD and other disabilities. The initial $14,000 donation from Warrior Salute in 2015, Inc. was used to support Intervention Transfer Training (ITT) in Wilmington, NC for our paws4vets clients in 2016. During our monthly ITT sessions, specially-trained paws4vets staff and student trainers, as well as peer mentors who are paws4vets clients who successfully completed training and are working full-time with their Assistance Dogs, work closely with each Dog/Client team to ensure that each client knows how to use the Assistance Dog to meet his/her needs. These sessions are customized for each client and the number of sessions required varies by client based on his/her unique needs. The clients come to Wilmington for 3-day sessions with a minimum of three 3-day sessions mandated for each client prior to receiving custody of their Assistance Dog. The Assistance Dog is not transferred to the client until paws4people staff is assured that the Dog/Client team is comfortable, safe, and working effectively together. Funding from Warrior Salute was used to defray the cost of 4.66 ITT sessions for paws4vets clients from February-June 2016. It costs paws4people $3,000 per 3-day session. These 2016 ITT sessions included 4 certified ITT instructors, 2 ITT instructors in-training, at least 2 peer mentors, at least 5 UNC-Wilmington student trainers, and 2 pMET members (volunteer mental health care providers). The funding from Warrior Salute enabled us to provide these critical ITT sessions in 2016.

In 2016, Warrior Salute gave $10,000 to paws4vets which gave Warrior Salute the opportunity to sponsor Nathan Pickering, a United States Army veteran, and his Assistance Dog BANKS as a Leader of the Pack sponsor. https://paws4people.org/give/nathan-pickering/ As a Leader of the Pack sponsor, the Warrior Salute logo is on BANKS’ leash wrap. The sponsorship helps support the training of client/dog teams.

In 2017, Warrior Salute generously donated $21,000 to paws4vets. As a result, Warrior Salute is the Dog Team Sponsor of the veteran team of Kimberly Liles and her Assistance Dog HARRIS. Kimberly served in the United States Coast Guard. https://paws4people.org/give/kimberly-liles/. As a Dog Team Sponsor, the Warrior Salute logo will be placed on Harris’ vest.

For 19 years, paws4people has used revolutionary protocols for utilizing Assistance Dogs as adjunct therapeutic devices to enhance – not replace – our clients’ other therapies and medical treatments. paws4people’s unique, customized approach creates lasting placements and real improvements in each veteran’s and service member’s life, and, in many cases, the lives of their families. paws4people has been called upon by the military to provide consultation and programming for Assistance Dog use, which attests to the soundness and efficacy of paws4people’s practices, methods and processes. In addition, Dr. Jackie Maffucci, while serving as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Research Director, stated that paws4people is the gold standard in the service dog community. We have a 92% success rate with our placements compared to the industry standard of 48%. Our imperative right now is to expand our programs and place more Assistance Dogs.

Warrior Salute is helping us to make a profound difference in the lives of our veteran clients and their families. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or if you need additional information. We greatly appreciate your continued support.

Very truly yours,

Kyria L. Henry, MAHS
Founder, Executive Director
paws4people, Inc. 

MCCOG Defensive Cyber Ops (DCO) / Infrastructure Support - HBSS

The Golf event was great and we had an awesome time and it being for a great cause makes it even better. ( I really am not just saying that)  I know my golf game does not show it but I have played in a few charity events and this was definitely organized and put together well.

I look forward to the next one!

Thankfully we had Kevin. Not only does he take care of me at work but he did on the fairway as well.

Keeping us out of the tree line made the day way more enjoyable. lol

McAfee Sales Executive

Hands down the best golf tournament of the year by Michael Reilly. Great way to honor those who served and have a blast out on the course. Very well organized event. Hope to see everyone out there this fall!

Testimonial from Dave Reese

Mr.Reilly and Team, 

That was the best Charity golf event I have ever participated in.  Class Act. Looking forward to next year. 


Happy New Year all.  Bravo.

Co-Founder Warrior Salute Inc.

Warrior Salute Supporters,

Happy New Year!! I wanted to take a quick moment and share
in the great news of the outcome of the Fall Warrior Salute Charity Golf
Tournament on Fri, October 14th 2016. We were able to raise and distribute more than $21,000 in charity proceeds to our sister charities: Young Marines, Hire Our Heroes and Paws4Vets! Please see the great news story and photos of the our wonderful event as you can see the smiles on many of our Veteran's and Warrior Golfer's faces as fun was had by all.

 A special Thank You to all of our Volunteers including Team Iron Bow, Becky
with Taco Bird Embroidery, Robin Shotola Photography, Jeff Perry
aka: Margarita Man, FCN for the Blood Mary Bar, Whiskey Creek Golf Course Staff and all of our wonderful Sponsors!

Please mark your calendar and set aside some Marketing Funds
for our 2017 Fall Warrior Salute Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, October
13th and see you at our 5th Annual Event!

Here is link to WMAR/ABC-2 news story

http://www.abc2news.com/news/in-focus/warrior-salute-enlisting-donors-non-profits-in-the-fight-to-support-veterans


Warrior Salute 2016 : https://shotola.smugmug.com/Events/2016/Wounded-Warrior-Salute-Whiskey/

Hire Our Heroes

Dear Michael: I am writing to thank you for your on-going support of Hire Our Heroes (HOH). Last year, you provided a $14,000 tax-deductible gift that was the equivalent of 10 percent of our overall budget. That's right; we continue to run a lean, grassroots organization which ensures that 30,000 veterans have the tools they need for a successful transition to a meaningful career. We do this through our 100% volunteer run organization, made up predominantly of seasoned recruiters who are intimately aware of and can connect veterans for jobs throughout the country! Please be sure to share with your team that Warrior Salute's contribution last year ensured that: • 15,000+ veterans received training in cyber security• 8,000+ veterans trained in resume-writing, interviewing skills, Linkedin, social media platforms, job-hunting expertise and use of the VA Home Loan Benefit
In addition, we were able to equip job seekers with suits, cover their travel expenses, and position 100 one-to-one mentors who helped veterans navigate what is for them a new and challenging world. We also forged new partnerships that now allow us to offer things like free legal consultation, for example! What HOH is doing, in partnership with Warrior Salute and other generous community members is we are continuing to make a significant difference in so many lives. To our core, HOH believes that by providing meaningful employment readiness and job referrals now, it reduces the need for downstream veteran services such as suicide prevention, veteran homelessness, and mental health services. Proving strong leaders in the civilian work force improves the strength of our national economy and security. Thank you, Michael, and everyone at Warrior Salute. 

Founder, Executive Director - Paws4people®, Inc.

Dear Mr. Reilly,

The paws4people® Foundation and our paws4vets program want to thank Warrior Salute, Inc. for inviting us to be a part of the 2015 Warrior Salute Golf Tournament and for the $14,000 donation to paws4vets in December 2015 as a beneficiary of the tournament.   We are extremely grateful for the support from Warrior Salute, Inc. which has helped to transform the lives of veterans struggling after serving our country

 

The paws4people Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 54-19448479) founded in 1999 by Kyria Henry and her father, Terry Henry, a veteran living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (https://paws4people.org/).  The mission of paws4people is educating and empowering people to utilize Assistance Dogs to transform their lives.  paws4people accomplishes its mission through breeding, training and placement of Assistance Dogs with two general groups:  (1) children and adolescents with physical, neurological, psychiatric, or emotional disabilities; and (2) Veterans and  Active-Duty Service Members with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD resulting from Sexual Trauma (Military or Civilian) (MST/ST), Moral Injury, and other neurological, psychological, and/or physical disabilities. 

 

In 2008, paws4people launched its paws4vets program, which is dedicated to training and placing customized Assistance Dogs with Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members, and their families living with PTSD/C-PTSD, TBI, MST, Moral Injury, and other neurological, psychological, and/or physical disabilities.   The paws4vets program is unique and extremely effective because of its proprietary, comprehensive, and customized transfer training process, the “Bump” process during which each dog chooses his/her client forming a Client/Dog team, its volunteer medical evaluation team (pMET) that corresponds with each client's care providers to ensure continuity of care, its peer mentors and client advocates, and requirement of annual re-certification testing to ensure continual quality of placements. Terry Henry, innovator of the paws4vets program, was honored as an Everyday Hero by ION TV for the impact that the paws4vets program is having in the lives of veterans.  See link to short video highlighting the program: https://vimeo.com/155617960

 

Over the past 17 years, paws4people has placed customized Assistance Dogs in 25 states and Canada.   It costs paws4people approximately $36,000 and takes 2 years to train and place an Assistance Dog.   Our clients receive dogs at no cost.  However, after dogs are paired with clients, they are asked to participate in a Pay-It-Forward (PIF) campaign with a goal of raising $10,000 by voluntarily engaging in awareness or fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization, helping those who will come after them and helping the organization to continue to provide more Assistance Dogs for more people in need.  Participating in the PIF campaign not only results in clients more invested in receiving, utilizing and caring for their Assistance Dogs, it also provides a mechanism whereby each client can engage in activities outside his/her normal comfort levels, thus allowing him/her to get involved in a process that is “bigger than themselves,” which can provide therapeutic benefits in and of itself.

The demand for paws4people Assistance Dogs is great.  Currently, for every 50 applications received, we are able to serve one person requesting an Assistance Dog.

 

According to the National Center for PTSD, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD occurs in 11-20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.  In January 2014, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a report finding that the suicide rate for young male Veterans ages 18-29 increased significantly – nearly 44% -- in recent years.  In August 2016, the VA reported that 20 Veterans die from suicide every day.

In addition, in a 2015 report on Military Sexual Trauma, the VA found that 1 in 4 women using VA healthcare report having experienced MST and the diagnosis most commonly associated with MST is PTSD.  However, many victims of MST also experience other diagnoses, such as depression, other mood disorders, and/or substance use disorders.   In July 2016, the VA reported that, since 2001, the age-adjusted rate of suicide among U.S. female veterans has increased by 85.2%.  Furthermore, like military veterans who have experienced combat-related trauma, sexual assault survivors (military and civilian) are using service dogs to mitigate symptoms of PTSD.

The mission of paws4vets is to provide healing and hope to veterans and service members struggling with PTSD and other disabling conditions.  The $14,000 donation from Warrior Salute, Inc. was used to support Intervention Transfer Training (ITT) in Wilmington, NC for our paws4vets clients in 2016.  During our monthly ITT sessions, specially-trained paws4vets staff and student trainers, as well as peer mentors who are paws4vets clients who successfully completed training and are working full-time with their Assistance Dogs, work closely with each Dog/Client team to ensure that each client knows how to use the Assistance Dog to meet his/her needs.  These sessions are customized for each client and the number of sessions required varies by client based on his/her unique needs.  The clients come to Wilmington for 3-day sessions with a minimum of three 3-day sessions mandated for each client prior to receiving custody of their Assistance Dog.  The Assistance Dog is not transferred to the client until paws4people staff is assured that the Dog/Client team is comfortable, safe, and working effectively together.  Funding from Warrior Salute was used to defray the cost of 4.66 ITT sessions for paws4vets clients from February-June 2016.  It costs paws4people $3,000 per 3-day session.  These 2016 ITT sessions included 4 certified ITT instructors, 2 ITT instructors in-training, at least 2 peer mentors, at least 5 UNC-Wilmington student trainers, and 2 pMET members (volunteer mental health care providers).  The funding from Warrior Salute enabled us to provide these critical ITT sessions in 2016.

For 17 years, paws4people has used revolutionary protocols for utilizing Assistance Dogs as adjunct therapeutic devices to enhance – not replace – our clients’ other therapies and medical treatments.  paws4people’s unique, customized approach creates lasting placements and real improvements in each veteran’s and service member’s  life, and, in many cases, the lives of their families.  paws4people has been called upon by the military to provide consultation and programming for Assistance Dog use, which attests to the soundness and efficacy of paws4people’s practices, methods and processes.  In addition, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s (IAVA’s) Research Director, Dr. Jackie Maffucci, has stated that paws4people is the gold standard in the service dog community.  We have a 92% success rate with our placements compared to the industry standard of 48%.  Our imperative right now is to expand our programs and place more Assistance Dogs.

Warrior Salute is helping us to make a profound difference in the lives of our veteran clients and their families.   We greatly appreciate your continued support.

Very truly yours,

Military Veteran

Mike, 
It's taken me a few days to put these words together and I'm sure they won't properly convey what I want to tell you.Since injured in May of 2014 in Afghanistan, I have attended many Warrior events. I've been very fortunate that it's probably more than I can even remember at this point. However, your event far exceeds those in terms of the feeling I walked away with. Every person was professional yet warm hearted.
As a survivor of multiple instances of sexual assault as well as a back injury while deployed, every day is typically a struggle for me. I feel my injury every move I make but the MST causes me social anxiety, depression as well as navigating the wildly ranging emotions from the PTSD. Being around strangers typically causes me intense anxiety and let's the dark fears creep in.The handshaking of everyone made it feel like I instantly had 50 or more new friends.Your golf tournament is one of a kind, and I mean that. I've been to dozens of other golf tournaments as a Warrior guest, but there was something about this one that was different. Keep it up. What you're doing is making a difference.

Very respectfully,