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
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
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.
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,