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Mushrooming PTSD crisis among military. Experts estimate PTSD impacts 30% of all Vietnam veterans, 10% of all Desert Storm veterans, and 20% of 1.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan troops. Unemployment for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans increased from 11.5 % in 2010 to 12.1% in 2011.

Wonderful 2016 Service Dog Graduation

Wonderful 2016 Service Dog Graduation

2016 Service Dog Graduation Event

The October 22nd graduation event celebrated the 2016 graduating and soon-to-graduate  total of 19 amazing service dog teams.  Generous puppyraisers from Guide Dogs of America traveled miles to share the celebration of awards, speeches, food and fun with their career-change dogs that now enhance the lives of veterans and first responders.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES!

Ross/Astro; Stephen/Bo; Lucy/ Hope; Lance/Finn; Elena/Shadow; Doug/Rowa; Dan/Forrest; David/Gunner; Anthony/Bowzer; Dustin/Ranger; James/Katie; Shay/Kip; Tony/Bob; Beth/Cali; Scott/Gus; David/Duke; Chris/Jenny; Ian/Otto; Tripp/Sophie

Special Thanks

Special Thanks

In 2016 so far, much joy was had in sharing dogs and our mission with the Claremont Cub Scouts, Elks Lodge events and bbqs, the women of Beta Sigma Phi luncheon, TVIA groups (Teen Volunteers in Action),  and the Encinitas Heritage Museum Pet Faire.

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