Helping to Heal Wounded Souls…
One Puppy at a Time!
U.S. Armed Forces Veterans and Emergency First Responders with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) live in a grey world filled with anxiety, depression, hyper-vigilance, isolation, addictions, or anger. Many times, not knowing or realizing why. The trauma they lived through may be over physically, but not so in their mind. Even with being in treatment for PTSD, they still deal with it daily. PTSD truly is an invisible wound for many men and women in all branches of services and those who protect our lives at home.
Veteran’s Puppy for Life Organization, a Colorado Charitable and an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded to provide these men and women with a puppy when it is eight-weeks old. Going through training together the puppy will eventually become the veteran’s service dog. The goal is to help them focus on their puppy and not on themselves. In a word, does it work, “Yes”! The service dog is not a crutch, as some people might want to believe. The purpose of a psychiatric service dog is to mitigate, or make better, an impending episode. When alerting the service dog provides tells the person, “Hey, something is about to or is happening here, and I need to let you know!” These service dogs perform certain alerting tasks allowing their handler to take necessary steps.
Since inception in 2015, your donations have helped Colorado men and women veterans and emergency first responders living with PTSD graduate their puppy as their service dog.
Through the unbelievable ability of a puppy empowering the veteran, their life and that of their family are changed forever. We hope that you will support us, “Helping to Heal Wounded Souls…One Puppy at a Time!”
SPECIAL EVENT COORDINATOR
Duties: Help plan and run fundraising events on behalf of VPFL. Coordinators can work on a single event, the same event each year, or multiple events as their schedules permit.
Duties: Student Ambassadors help both their own school and schools in their area plan and carry out fundraising event.
STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Duties: Vet Puppy for Life needs adult volunteers who are interested in helping high school age students who choose to become Student Ambassadors. This is a flexible position and it is perfect for people who can give a little each week.
SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Duties: We are always looking for new candidates to join our Board of Directors. Board members serve two-year terms and meet regularly to discuss the organization’s goals and overall strategy. Different board positions have different levels of time commitments.
What makes Veteran’s Puppy for Life Organization unique is that we do not charge the veteran a penny for their service dog.
Everything we provide them is based on the condition they do three things.
1. They must provide the puppy a good home.
2. They must keep all veterinarian appointments.
3. They must attend all scheduled training classes.
After their puppy is fully trained as a service dog, the two will stay together for the rest of their lives.