Good Morning America Happy Labor Day

GOOOOOD MORNING AMERICA!!! Happy Labor Day and RABBIT!!! That way you a real good ‘jump’ on beginning the new month.

And What a month August was!! WE, the American people have lost a truly outstanding comedian and an iconic movie personality within hours. We will only hear those opening words of this letter, uttered by a Genius when the movie plays again.

Robin Williams, in contrast, was the typical comedian, playing the role of Pagliacci throughout his life. He was truly a genius in his characters. It was stated “Geniuses do naturally what others attempt to do”!!! Robin survived the years with many demons inside, just like those individuals with PTSD.

The loss of Lauren Bacall is a sign of our advancing age, mortality and the fulfillment of the ‘Circle of Life’. “THE LOOK” as it was phrased, embodied the personality, the royalty and the persona of her being. Self assured and confident in all of her roles in the movies and in real life. “Bacall just did not survive”, as William Faulkner stated, “She prevailed”.

Survival is what happens when you beat the odds going against you. To PREVAIL is to exceed the expectations and continue to grow, live and prosper.

Our wounded warriors have survived the battlefield, only to come home faced with a life of counseling sessions, use of prescription medications and being threatened with the terms ‘non-compliant’ , ‘hostile altitude’ etc. They are treated as if they have no say in their own choice of therapeutic intervention, until they stand up for themselves or have an advocate that goes the extra mile. To survive PTSD is one thing, but to PREVAIL and go forward into the present and future is another.

‘PREVAIL’ will become an integral part of the TADSAW message and mission statement because it means to succeed, to triumph, to exceed the expectations, to excel, to exist, to endure, to live to fight another day, etc. It is more than just ‘to survive’.

Now on to recent news….. Several more Veterans have prevailed and became accredited TADSAW Service Dog Teams, since the end of July. Congratulations to the following Teams and their trainers during the Month of August

Bridgette & SHADOW(R): TSD0301; Jarod & FERGE: TSD0302 ; Jonathan & BRUCE(R): TSD0303 – all trained by Michelle of Fort Worth —

Keith & SAM(R): TSD0304 – trained by Melissa of Kentucky;
Erik & HACHI(R): TSD0305 – trained by David of North Carolina;
Craig & BELLA(R): TSD0306 – trained by Chris of Fort Rucker;
Trevor & YOSHI(R):TSD0307 – trained by Jackie of Colorado Springs;
Rob & WILLOW(R): TSD0308; Tara & CHUKA(R): TSD0309; Jerry & BLAZE(R): TSD0310; and Johnathan & CHUNKY: TSD0311 – all trained by Jessica of Fort Hood;
Katie & TOOTHLESS(R): TSD0312; Brian & INDIA(R): TSD0313; Michael & LAYLA(R): TSD0314; and Chris & LUNCH(R): TSD0315 – all trained by Sandhya of Austin

This was Chris’s first Team to go thru the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test, and has many more in the wings. All of the dogs are rescues(R), whether as older dogs or as a puppy in one case. But no matter what, each one saved the other. CONGRATULATIONS & GOOD LUCK as you all go forward in Life!!!!

Well, the numbers for August 2014 are in the history books. As Summer winds down and Fall begins, the number of applications sent out was 162, compared to the 2013 figure of 105!!!!! So far in 2014, there have been 1466 requests for applications, from all over the United States. The remarkable number is that 79 completed applications were received completed and ready to be assigned to a TADSAW Trainer following the Labor Day Holiday.

With the 600 applications returned completed and the accredited 117 TADSAW Service Dog Teams, this means over 700 families, 700 neighborhoods and 700 communities have been touched by TADSAW in 2014. And to have been a part of this program and event… all one can say is WOW!!!!!

TADSAW was honored with donations from the Central Park Lions Club, the San Antonio Founder Lions Club and the Jewish War Veterans Post 753 during August, receiving donations to sponsor 4 Teams. The Colonel and I received invitations to speak about the Program to several other groups, and as always he stole the event.

TADSAW received some assistance several days ago, when a good friend and U.S. Army General Retired, provided a needed boost to assist the TADSAW Memorandum of Understanding. The new strategy presents a Memorandum of Explanation covering the Train a Dog – Save a Warrior philosophy of training, in addition to laying the ground work for the training of the TADSAW Service Dog Team. Many Thanks to General David… TADSAW needed that!!!!

With the kickoff of College Football and the NFL in September, TADSAW wants to offer a special donation incentive.
for those of you who just might be interested. Donate $2,500, for one Team and get a second Team free, plus a pair of TADSAW T-shirts, and realize that you have just made a big difference in a Veteran’s Quality of Life.

Unfortunately, so many of the TADSAW’s Veterans are still struggling with speaking openly about their experiences or even having their photos snapped, it makes it difficult to share all them with the donors. However, I am going to see if they will write about their experiences before and after their canine ‘Battle Buddy‘ came into their Life. Then I will add them to both the TADSAW and TADSAW-WOW websites.

Well, it took me 3 weeks to complete this email!!! As you can see when I started it. The TADSAW wounded warrior, Active Duty or Veteran, begins the program as a PTSD/MST/TBI survivor with an in-training Service Dog and by the time the Pair passes the TADSAW PATT, the Team becomes a Service Dog in-training and, going against the odds, has PREVAILED for themselves, their families and their communities with their ‘Battle Buddy’.

Have a great week ahead….. hoping you had a safe Labor Day Holiday!!!

As always, I remain,

Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.
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There are now 10 more TADSAW Service Dog Teams


service dogGood Morning!!!!  There are now 10 more TADSAW Service Dog Teams in the country and a Masonic Lodge award presented. But first things first.

TADSAW reached a milestone on May 6th, in North Carolina when Trainer Kim passed Brian & ABBY on their Public Access Temperament Test becoming TADSAW Service Dog Team TSD0250. Then on May 7th, in Chicago area, Trainer Cheralyn, formerly of the Camp Lejeune area, had similar PATT results with Team Andy & RED TSD0251.  And then on May 13th, it became a free-for-all to see where it would end!!! Starting off was Joey & SEVEN TSD0252 trained by Randy in Louisiana.

Then in San Antonio, Ricardo & MADDUX TSD0253; Audrey & CYMA  TSD0254; Michelle & PO TSD0255; Morgan & NICO TSD0256; Tom & AURORA TSD0257; Samantha & SIMON TSD0258; all trained by Brent.

And to round out the day, Brent & JASON TSD0259 in Oklahoma with trainer Vicki, also her first Team to be certified.

Just a brief note, both Service Dogs started their careers as rescue shelter residents, prior to meeting their Veterans. Andy & RED TSD0251 are the first graduates of the TADSAW program in Illinois and represent the 38th Vietnam Veteran to ‘finally return home’.

Congratulations to the 10 newest Service Dog Teams and Good Luck as they move forward with their life, their families, in their  neighborhoods and in their communities.

So far in 2014, TADSAW has 61 accredited Service Dog Teams, and more Teams in-training all over the Country – WOW!!! And since the beginnings in August 2010, there are now 259 different communities with a TADSAW Service Dog Team living and taking part. Now that is a big WOW!!

Moving on…. The Grand Masonic Lodge of Texas presented me with the Community Builder Award, on Saturday May 3rd,  in appreciation of distinguished service and personal contributions to the Community of San Antonio, Texas, with the founding of the TADSAW program, and the other communities served. This award was presented jointly by 4 Masonic Lodges in the San Antonio area. It was a very humbling experience and honor to accept the Award, as the true Builders of the community now have a canine ‘Battle Buddy‘ and can go back out and be productive. Joining me at the dinner was TADSAW co-founder Patsy Swendson, TADSAW Service Dog Teams Henry & KENZIE TSD0116, Ed & TC TSD0140 and Jimmy & SMOKY TSD0194, and Team Anthony & MACK (still in-training!!).  I appreciated their being with me on this special night and each one spoke about TADSAW in their own special way. I am still trying to figure out why the Masonic Lodges chose me!!!! And I accepted the Award on behalf of TADSAW and all of the wounded warriors in the program.

A sad note was conveyed to me, this past Saturday, prior to sending out this message.  I was informed that a San Antonio Veteran of the Afghanistan War, who was an Entered Apprentice Mason, had committed suicide without the benefit of learning more about programs that can save a Life. Did he fall thru the cracks?? NO, he was not provided enough options by the powers that be, the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, to seek assistance for the Post Traumatic Stress  that consumed his life. Now, he will be remembered this holiday as one of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Our Country at a time of War.

Each day the list grows longer of applications being sent out and completed ones being returned. The number of Disabled Veterans and Active Duty being added to the training list keeps increasing.  AND TADSAW needs your assistance NOW more than ever. Please remember TADSAW at this time of the year and make a donation to the program.

Twenty Two veterans die each day, and we all can make a difference, by giving to organizations, any organization, that assists Our Veterans.

Have a safe Holiday….

As always, I remain,

Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.
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Greetings – July 4th should remind us all of the sacrifice our forefathers made from TADSAW

July 4th

Good Morning!!! As you awake on July 4th and every day this weekend, it reminds us of the promise that America’s Forefathers made assuring every person’s right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, and the Nation’s military to protect those rights. But have those same rights protected by the military service members been given back to them or taken away once they return home?? That is the question of the month!!!! Anyways lets look what has happened during the month of June from TADSAW.

TWENTY- ONE new TADSAW Service Dog Teams were accredited when they passed the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test during the month of June and represented 9 different states!!! Congratulations and Good Luck to the following Teams:

Chris & GRAYSON: TSD0264 – trained by Melissa of KY; Michael & LEVI: TSD0265 – trained by Leah of TN;
Chris & ROY: TSD0266 – trained by Randy of LA; Matthew & CHANCE: TSD0267 – trained by Derrick of NC;
Bart & CHILI: TSD0268 – trained by Miriam of NC ; Barbra & BAILEY: TSD0269 – trained by Brent of SATX;
Richard & GUNNER: TSD0270 -trained by Sherrie of MA; John & SPARKPLUG: TSD0271 – trained by Leah of TN;
Michael & BUDDY: TSD0272 – trained by Leah of TN; Jose & ROXY: TSD0273 – trained by Jackie of CO;
James & MARLEY: TSD0274 – trained by Michelle of DFW; Lisa & DANTE: TSD0275 – trained by Cheralyn of IL;
Kent & SAMSON: TSD0276 – trained by Tony of TX; Benjamin & BEAU:TSD0277 – trained by David of NC;
Johnny & LIBERTY: TSD0278 – trained by Sara of AL; Charles & FRENCHIE: TSD0279 – trained by Sandhya of TX;
Brandie & MAGGIE: TSD0280 – trained by Sandhya of TX; Lance & ROOSTER: TSD0281 – trained by Sandhya of TX;
Jesse & BIG D: TSD0282 – trained by Jessica of TX; Jesse & JINX: TSD 0283 – trained by Jessica of TX; and
Ken & ANNIE: TSD0284 – trained by Phyllis of FL.

Special Congratulations to Ken & ANNIE TSD0284, s they also became the 39th Vietnam Veteran Team to pass the PATT. Finally we can say “Welcome Home and Thank You for your sacrifices and service to Our Nation” which should have been 40+years ago.

Several of the Trainers accredited their first Service Dog Teams. This group includes Miriam of NC, Tony of TX, David of NC and Phyllis of FL. Congratulations and a job well done to each and everyone of the TADSAW Dog Training Teams. All of you make this program a real success and take care of the needs of the Veterans and their Service Dogs.

June 2014 was an exciting month with 225 applications being sent out to individuals, and an amazing 95 returned completed and ready to start training. So far the totals in 2014 thru the end of June are 1116 applications sent out compared to 593 for the same period in 2013. There have been 86 TADSAW Service Dog Teams accredited since the beginning of 2014. A total of 450 Teams are currently in-training or awaiting a rescue dog to start training. And that means one thing!!! More Money is needed to continue the training of these Teams to the tune of about $750,000. when all is said and done. BUT there is still six months to go in 2014!!!! How high will the totals reach??

A sorry note to all the good things occurring. TADSAW lost 3 canine ‘Battle Buddies’ during June 2014. Two of the Dogs were in-training with their Veterans, and one had already achieved Service Dog status. BENNY TSD0007 will be sadly missed by his buddy, Mitch, and all of us in TADSAW.

Mitch is actually the one in July 2010, that contacted Penny’s From Heaven Foundation’s (PFHF) founder Patsy about getting Service Dog training for BENNY, due to Mitch’s PTSD. But PFHF was only a therapy dog program, and could not assist Mitch and BENNY. It was about a week later that another Active Duty wounded warrior made the statement “I wish my dog could do that” -learn how to be quiet and obedient.. and the words that flowed from my mouth was “Train a Dog – Save a Warrior”!!! And that was how TADSAW was born four years ago this month.

SO Happy Anniversary-Birthday TADSAW. And if you are compelled, please send a donation to help pay for training sessions, vests, t-shirts for the graduates and celebrate 4 great years.

Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July Holiday weekend…..

As always, I remain,

Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.



OSTRICHIZED (22 suicides a day, a suicide every 65 minutes. )

Good Morning!!! As the month of April 2014 closed, so many good things have happened in the news. And that is what I like to write about in these newsletters.  Don’t worry – the ‘but’ comes later!! It just seems like I had wanted to send this newsletter out back in the middle of the month and never did…and now I have 2 months to speak about. Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives. That’s 22 suicides a day, a suicide every 65 minutes. As shocking as the number is, it may actually be higher.

The VA researchers used death records from 21 states to come up with a 2010 national estimate for veterans of all ages. As a group, veterans are old. Military service being far rarer than it was in the days of the draft, more than 91% of the nation’s 22 million veterans are at least 35 years old, and the overwhelming majority did not serve in the post-9/11 era.

About 72% of veterans are at least 50. It is not surprising, then, that the VA found that people in this age group account for 69% of veteran suicides — or more than 15 of the 22 suicides per day.

What is contributing to the 22 suicides  a day number: The veteran-suicide statistics are likely to become a topic on Feb. 13 when the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs holds a hearing to explore whether veterans are “overcoming barriers to quality mental health care.”, Meanwhile, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a nonprofit advocacy group representing more than 200,000 members, said the nation should be “outraged” by rate of veterans who are taking their own lives — nearly one per hour.

Volunteers in dark green hooded sweatshirts spread out across the National Mall on Thursday, planting 1,892 small American flags in the grass between the Washington Monument and the Capitol. Each flag represented a veteran who had committed suicide since Jan. 1, a figure that amounts to 22 suicides each day.

“We’ve waited too long to take on this action,” he said. Then, mentioning the 22 suicides every day, he added, “That’s an epidemic that we cannot allow to continue, 22 suicides per day.”

The analysis found that the actual number of estimated suicides per day among veterans has remained relatively stable, ranging from 20 per day in 2000 to 18 per day in 2007 and 22 suicides per day in 2009 and 2010, the latest estimates available, according to a report on the study released Friday. The rate of suicide among veterans who use VA health care services has remained steady in recent years, at about 36 per 100,000. 22 suicides per day.

About 22 suicides are committed each day in 2010. Previous estimates from the VA put the number at 18.

While much attention has been paid to suicides by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, the report indicates the problem is worse among older veterans. About 70 percent of veterans who commit suicide are over age 50, the average is 22 suicides per day.

Under the Obama Administration, at least 22 suicides are committed every day. Active duty suicides in the military jumped by 30% since 2008, with one soldier, sailor, or marine expected to commit suicide in the next 25 hours. Ex-military suicides also increased 10% over the same period to about one every hour.

According to Joachim Hagopian, a West Point graduate and former Army officer, “22 suicides a day in unacceptable, more military personnel died from suicide in 2012 than from fighting in Afghanistan and once they return home and become civilians they are killing themselves at a rate three times that of military active duty personnel.” The April 9th hearings are following release of a report the VA quietly paid $200 million to settle 1,000 wrongful death suits that were filed over a ten year period following 9/11. Hagopian believes the military has been trying to avoid public discussion of the military’s 22 suicides a day.

The Department of Defense 2014 budget states that as the US transitions out of the cost of being in Afghanistan, the Defense Department will be allocating increased funding for mental health programs for US soldiers and veterans. The Obama administration is hoping this will help to lower the more than 22 suicides a day.

With 22 veterans expected to commit suicide today (22 suicides), developing and expanding effective veterans’ mental health and social support systems must be a priority of the Obama Administration, Veterans Administration, and Congress. These men and women have given their best for America; it is our responsibility to provide the best for our heroes.

That’s 1,892 former soldiers who have killed themselves since the beginning of 2014, (22 suicides per day) according the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America organization (IAVA). But even that is a conservative number, some say, as there is no centralized system to track veteran suicides.

A recent poll found that more than half of post-9/11 veterans know at least one colleague who attempted or managed to kill themselves. For many, the list of friends lost to suicide is much longer. “How can we accept 22 suicides a day”, asked a Pentagon spokesman.

Mental health is one of the greatest challenges facing returning soldiers, but a deadly combination of indifference, stigma, red tape, and government dysfunction are to blame for the sobering numbers. Citing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) statistics, the IAVA claims that 22 ex-service members die 22 suicides every single day.

That was the message brought to Washington last week by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their supporters, in their annual “Storm the Hill – 22 suicides” campaign, which aims to raise awareness among lawmakers about the struggles of returning service members. This year, suicide topped the list.

As part of the campaign, the group took to the National Mall, where they placed a flag for each vet lost to 22 suicides per day.

First of all, I want to welcome and announce the newest additions to the TADSAW Service Dog Teams across the  Country, since the last WOW Moment. Here goes the GOOD news –  Congratulations and Good Luck to the following Teams and the date passing the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test:

 Duane & BRENIN: TSD0231  and Don & TRUMAN: TSD 0232 –  Houston area – trained by Therese on 03/27
 Michael & BEE: TSD0233 San Angelo area –  trained by Gary on 03/27
 MaLena & JEZEBELLE: TSD0234 and Joey & DAKOTA: TSD0235 –  Camp Lejeune area – trained by Derrick on 03/29  Brian & DUKE: TSD0236 – San Antonio area – trained by Brent on 03/29
 Hannah & ZOE: TSD0237 – Southern Michigan – trained by Ken; on 04/10
 Robert & THOR: TSD0238 and Brandon & AJAX: TSD0239 –  Fort Worth area – trained by Michelle on 04/12
 Lance & GINGER: TSD0240,  Michael & DUKE: TSD0241 and Fernando & LOLA: TSD0242 – Fort Hood area -trained by Jessica on 04/12
Byron & SHEA: TSD0243 – San Angelo – also trained  by Gary on 04/12
Jerry & VANDER: TSD0244 and David & MAX: TSD0245 – Fort Campbell area – trained by Leah on 04/23
Matthew & SARGE: TSD0246 and Cory & Duke: TSD0247 – Fort Worth area – trained by Michelle on 04/26
David & HACKER: TSD0248 – Fort Hood area –  also trained by Jessica on 04/26
Brandon & TRIGGER: TSD0249 – East Texas area – trained by Randy of Shreveport on 04/30
22 suicides
22 suicides

Hannah & ZOE TSD0237 are the first TADSAW Team, from Southern Michigan,  trained and accredited by Ken the Trainer, living in Northern Indiana. A Double in FIRSTS!!! For Michigan and Indiana and Ken!! Thank You for your patience and support.

Congratulations and Thank You to all of the above, The Teams and their Trainers, for their patience, hard work and support of the TADSAW program. Good Luck with your future…. May Life’s journey again bring happiness to all.
The results for March 2014 are in and 178 applications were mailed to wounded warriors; of which 65 were completed and returned during March, and another 25 were completed from the previous months. A total of 90 people were ready to start training during April 2014, whether having their personal dog evaluated or getting a rescue shelter dog  for the training. That means if this trend continues, TADSAW would have almost 1000 Teams in-training during 2014…. but this means 3 veterans would be assisted every day and  that would possibly account for a decrease in the number of daily suicides from 22 to 19!!!!! That is the real WOW!!!!
TADSAW received word from a Texas State University graduate student, working on a Masters degree, using information gathered on the effect of the Service Dog on the Post Traumatic Stress symptoms experienced by the Veteran during the training period. The time frame studied was pre-training thru the Public Access Temperament Test and included 53 Teams trained and accredited, from all across the United States. The results of the study showed a 22.9% decrease in the severity of the PTSD symptoms for the Veterans/warriors. This is a very significant.
Here is the Yuotube link if you would like more information:
Its IS the end of April, and the cell phone did not stop ringing. And now the results from April 2014 are in and an all time high of 192 applications were requested and mailed out, with 66 being  completed and returned to the office. That’s 34%  getting ready to train and a total of 77 were received.  From August 2010 thru September 2011, tadsaw had a total of 244 applications and 6 accredited Service Dog Teams. Today marked the 51st TADSAW Service Dog Team accredited in 2014, and repeating 192 applications for the month.
All I know is that TADSAW needs more DOLLARS donated now than ever before, especially if there are 1000 Teams in-training and becoming accredited Service Dog Teams. AND I mean really BIG Bucks!!!! Like Six Zeroes big behind the comma!!!! The Veterans need your assistance NOW!!!! Make a dream become a REALITY!!!
And the word ‘OSTRICHIZED’  – this refers to having acted like an ostrich and putting your head in the sand so you can ignore what is going on around you. You probably will not find this word in Webster’s Dictionary or Roget’s Thesaurus, but you will find it in Bart’s newsletters.  And it seems like that when trying to deal with bureaucracy and trying to do the “RIGHT” thing and not let any of the 22 suicides fall thru the cracks in the system. It is not a crack, but rather a huge sinkhole!!!!!!!
Back in October 2010, Patsy and I have the pleasure of meeting and  speaking with Mr. Ross Perot, Sr., only 2 months into the TADSAW program. Mr. Perot asked me “How many people can you help with this program??” At the time, I truly did not have an answer that seemed good enough, and it took almost a year when the AHA moment arrived.  TADSAW may only assist one wounded warrior at a time and it also saves a shelter dog doomed to euthanasia. BUT it also ‘puts back’ into the family, the neighborhood and the Community.
And to think that TADSAW has this opportunity to affect the Quality of Life for the lives of 1000 Warriors, 1000 Dogs, 1000 families, 1000 neighborhoods and 1000 communities across the Country. Now that is a real WOW!!!
Be part of the WOW – and make a difference. As a friend told me the other day “Learn One – Do One – Teach One”!!! Please pass this Moment on to others in order to help these Warriors and the Dogs….
Have a great week and an even better Life……
 As always, I remain,
Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.
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4 Service Dogs Teams Accredited in Austin

service dogsGood Morning!!!! Finally, Spring 2014 has arrived, but Winter’s still showing up in some areas of the Country. March 2014 has been unbelievable, especially since my house guests have arrived, ALL 12 of them!!!! Well, this weekend 2 or 3 will be going to their foster homes to begin the journey towards Veterans’ Day 11-11 for the 11 puppies. Hopefully, this little ‘experiment’ will be successful and rewarding to the 11 Veterans and their families with their ‘Battle Buddy‘ candidates.   On March 20th, a special day for my Brother and Aunt and a Ft. Hood Trainer,  marked the accrediting of 4 TADSAW Service Dogs Teams in the Austin area, for a new Trainer with her first Teams. Sandhya was very proud of her Veterans and their ‘Battle Buddies’ as they ‘took’ the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test (PATT) at the Cabela’s Outdoor World in Buda, Texas.  The bond between Veteran and Dog was an amazing sight. The TADSAW philosophy of “Together you train to hone your skills and Bond as a Team’ was truly evident. Please visit the Facebook page to see the Service Dogs Team’s photos.   Congratulations and Good Luck to those 4 Teams: Jeremy & WOODHOUSE TSD0225; Stacey & FANCY TSD0226; Floyd & LITTLE BIT TSD0227; and Billy & GIZMO TSD0228.

And Congratulations & Good Luck to the other Service Dogs Teams that passed the TADSAW PATT in Colorado a few days later. James Ryan & MIA TSD0229 with Trainer Jackie, and Noel & CHIEF TSD0230 with Trainer Joe, his first Service Dogs Team to graduate
Floyd & LITTLE BIT TSD0228 and Noel & CHIEF TSD0230 are the 37th and 38th Vietnam Veterans Teams, respectively, to come Home from the War.  Special Congratulations to both of them.   So far over 100 applications have been sent out during March, and over 60 have been completed and returned. At this rate, TADSAW could have over 1000 Service Dogs Teams in-training during 2014!!! WOW – and this is where I need to quote the Beatles, during their 50th anniversary arrival.
service dogsDuring the months of February and March, TADSAW had several donors that supported a Service Dogs Team or two or three or four. Thank You to the Stevens, the Harpers, the Stitchers, the North Carolina Church, the Colemans , the Raleigh Hot Cocoa Stand, and a Tennessee WalMart store to name a few.. But there were many, many small donations that combined to support a Service Dogs Team or Two!! And those are just as importantTOO!!!!   HELP, I NEED SOMEBODY…. HELP, NOT JUST ANYBODY…. HELP, YOU KNOW I NEED SOMEONE NOW!!! And hopefully that someone is YOU!!!!! It is going to take a lot of MONEY to be able to train all of these Service Dogs Teams, BUT, and there is always a BUT somewhere. But 1000 Service Dogs Teams represents almost 3 suicides daily among the Nation’s Veteran population. That could mean that in 2015, the statistics might drop to under 20 suicides daily!!!! Not just from TADSAW’s participation, but with every other Service Dogs organization being involved.   BUT, there’s that ‘nasty’ word again…..and the refrain becomes HELP. I NEED SOME MONEY…. HELP, NOT JUST ANY MONEY…HELP, I NEED SOME MONEY NOW!!!
Please help TADSAW with raising funds for all the Teams that are in-training, about to start training, and those that will be applying and starting in the next several months. It takes a village to raise a child, and it will take a Nation to save the lives of its wounded warriors and patriots.
So far, 4 puppies of the TADSAW ELEVEN have made their way into foster homes in preparation of the BIG DAY, November 11th “11-11“, when they will be paired with 11 Veterans to begin training for the TADSAW Service Dogs program. And that still is saving 22 lives!!!Over the next several week the remaining 7 puppies will be going to foster homes also, which will make me a very happy and relieved person.
You can follow the progress of the Fantastic ELEVEN on the Facebook page. Watch for photos of Ollie, Maverick, Major, Gunny, Bodie, Layla, Shadow, Luna, Abby, Sam and Val as they grow and nurture in the families preparing them for when duty calls.
Thank You all for your continued assistance and support of TADSAW.
Have a great week…….
As always, I remain,   Bart Sherwood Program Director – TADSAW, INC. (210)643-2901 **NEW BLOGSITE: **NEW VIDEOS: Therapy Dogs Heal Troops (UMTV)   **Must View**  **

Eighteen Teams now wear the TADSAW Service Dogs Patch on their vest!

service dogsGood Morning!!! WOW!!! I just realized that I have gone thru a solid month of not sending out the WOW Moments. It is now March 2014, and I am trying to figure out what happened to February and how I missed it. There is so much to write about what has transpired since the last correspondence. Well, it appears  I will be rushing in like the Lion, but I doubt going out like a Lamb!!!   First of all, Congratulations to all of the new TADSAW Service Dogs Teams that have been gone thru the program and became accredited. Eighteen Teams can now wear the TADSAW Service Dogs Patch on their vest, of which 4 Vietnam Veterans have arrived safely home. The Service Dogs Teams and their Trainers are listed below:
     Sean & DREW TSD0207 – Trainer Randy in Louisiana;  Kristofer & CISSY TSD0208 – Trainer Leah in Tennessee,
     Cindy & TEX TSD0209 – Trainer Leah;   Harold & ROXANNE TSD 0210 – Trainer Leah; Noel & RANDALL TSD0211       Trainer Colleen of DC;  Christopher & BANDANNA TSD0212 – Trainer Michelle of Fort Worth; Dustin & MATTIS 
    TSD0213 – Trainer Michelle; Jim & GYPSY TSD0214 – Trainer Michelle;  Will & SARGE TSD0215 – Trainer Michelle;
    Dawn & CABELA TSD0216 – Trainer Matthias of Oklahoma;  Ricardo & JOHN DOE TSD0217 – Trainer Leah; Randy
    & SADIE TSD0218 – Trainer Randy;  Mikki & SCOUT TSD0219 – Trainer Monique of Arizona – Her FIRST!! Andrea &
    & SAMANTHA TSD0220 – Trainer Carolyn of San Antonio; Richard & RUFUS TSD0221 – Trainer Carolyn; Johanna &
    TIKVAH TSD0222 – Trainer Carolyn;  Erin & GRACIE TSD0223 – Trainer Carolyn; and Richard & LASSIE TSD0224
    Trainer Brent of San Antonio.
service dogsThere were several firsts. One is that Mikki & SCOUT TSD0219 are in Arizona, and it is Monique’s first Service Dogs Team. And Richard & LASSIE TSD0224 traveled to Texas for the winter and are the first TADSAW Service Dogs Team in Maine, upon their return home.
Once again, Thanks to all of the TEAMS involved, the Veterans, the Service Dogs and the trainers for all of their hard work to get thru the TADSAW PATT and complete the program.  Good Luck to all as they return home to their families, their neighborhoods and into their communities.
So far in 2014, TADSAW has accredited 26 service dogs Teams of the total 224 Service Dogs Teams, of which 36 are Vietnam Veterans.
During February 2014, TADSAW sent out 165 applications, of which 62 forms (almost 40%!!!) were completed and received so that training will commence in a few weeks, and another 22 applications were received from previous months. That means more than 80 wounded warriors,  Veteran and Active Duty, will be contacted and start the program. And the need for money continues to increase because of the service TADSAW Service Dogs provides. So tell your friends and foes, neighbors and strangers, or anyone in between about TADSAW’s needs.
And what a way to start March 2014 than with the arrival of Penny and her puppies “The Service Dogs Class of 2015“.
Eleven Puppies for Eleven Veterans in 11 Months starting on Veterans’ Day 2014 – Eleven-Eleven!!!! And now to find the 11 sponsors for the Eleven Teams in-training. But first, the puppies will go into foster homes for socializing and familizing (MY own word!!), in order to get them ready for their future homes with the Veterans. Stay Tuned and Watch the Facebook page “Train a Dog Save a Warrior” for puppy photos and update from now until then. The great Shelter Puppy experiment is beginning right here in San Antonio.
Thank You to those people for advising and inspiring TADSAW Service Dogs to develop the ‘special sauce’ idea, needed to separate TADSAW Service Dogs from the other organizations out there assisting Veterans. TADSAW has done just that on a regular basis. In the words of  Chris Matthews from Hardball, “Don’t get mad. Don’t get even. Get ahead !!” Ant that we do everyday, fighting for the Rights of any Veteran requiring the use of a Service Dogs. There is LIFE in TADSAW Service Dogs!!!!
A Catch Twenty-Two Challenge up-date. The Challenge is going well and tying the recognition to Sports and the personalities will definitely open many peoples’ eyes. As Mandela said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” So let Uniform Number 22 – help strike out the number of daily suicides, or run a touchdown for the Home Service Dogs Team or race to victory in the fight to save lives. These men and women, the mothers and fathers, the sons and daughters or the sisters and brothers, who safely returned from the combat zone, only to face death alone and at home, shall not go unnoticed.
Thank You for being patient in waiting for the latest edition of the TADSAW WOW Moments. I will try to be more timely reporting these Moments. Meanwhile, the PetSmart partnership, although slow to start is moving forward finally, especially in spite of all the bad weather in many of the areas where the program will start.  
As always, I remain,
Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.

‘Penny’ PTSD Dogs was united with a Veteran and picked up Veteran’s PTSD symptoms!

ptsd dogsBRRRR! Good Morning America!!! As another winter storm envelopes the United States. It seems that not only hurricanes have names , but now every winter storm is being named as well. What next tornadoes??   January 2014 has started off very nicely with more Teams passing the TADSAW PTSD Dogs Public Access Temperament Test, this past week.  Congratulations and Good Luck to the following new PTSD Dogs Teams:
                  David & KNUCKLES : TSD0202 and Colleen (Trainer) of Alexandria
                  Ashley & HOPE: TSD0203         and Randy (Trainer) of Shreveport
                  Jennifer & PIXIE: TSD0204        and Crissy (Trainer) of Pittsburgh
                 Felicia & LADYBIRD:TSD0205 – and Caroline (Trainer) of SATx and        
                 Lacey & CHANCE:TSD0206   –    and Caroline (AGAIN!!) of SATx
With the Team’s hard work over the past  several months under their trainer’s supervision, their efforts were rewarded by the earning if the title TADSAW PTSD Dogs Service Dog Team.
Now some really interesting news. A couple of weeks ago, on or around January 7th, Patsy, Co-Founder of TADSAW PTSD Dogs, found a Lab-Retriever mix in West Texas that was to be euthanized, if only because she had been picked up by the Animal Control officers. Patsy felt connected to this Yellow Dog because it reminded her of her Therapy Dog, Penny, who was the namesake for the Foundation under which TADSAW PTSD Dogs was started. Long story short – ‘Penny’ was united with a Veteran in West Texas, and immediately picked up on the Veteran’s PTSD symptoms and the roommate’s Diabetes, by alerting her to the low and high blood sugar levels, in order to take action. Well the story does not stop here.
ptsd dogsRather just the beginning, as TADSAW PTSD Dogs had been informed that ‘Penny’ needed to be spayed after having come into the shelter with her puppies. Those puppies must have been tagging along for the free milk program being offered, because by the following Wednesday January 15th, Penny had another 11 healthy newborn puppies at her side. YES – that’s right 11 healthy Lab-cross puppies, and the Facebook followers have been very generous. BUT TADSAW PTSD Dogs does not have a foster program to raise these ‘Future’ Service Dog stars, and because the Program Director has stated more than once a belief that Shelter Dogs make excellent Service Dogs…now I have the chance to prove it. Actually, only 4 of the puppies have to prove the theory correct.
So what started out with one Shelter Rescue Dog, PTSD Dogs saving one Veteran…. it appears that this one special ‘Penny’ will make change and effect a total of 24 lives and families, neighborhoods and communities. WOW- now that is one heck of a difference!!!
And Please do not forget about the CATCH 22 CHALLENGE…. it is easy to speak about and $22. will help save the life of at least one of the 22 Veteran suicides daily… if everyone pitches in.  And that is just the beginning!!! If you want more information, Please call me at (210)643-2901.
Well, that seems to be enough WOW at this moment. I have letters and grants to write, but as I have said before.. this is a very ‘rewarding’ experience… you just have to jump in to realize it!!!
Have a great week and stay warm and comfortable….
As always, I remain,Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.
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Good Evening!!!! Well I did not even make it 24 hours after sending out an email yesterday and earlier today, than what to my surprise was another round of TADSAW Public Access Temperament Tests in the Fort Hood/ Killen area of Texas. And now the BIG milestone has been reached and shared by a rookie Trainer.

Congratulations to Jason & LOUIE: TSD 0200 and Timothy & PONGO: TSD0201, both trained and supervised by Theresa the Trainer.  These 2 Teams represent Terri (TSD0109) on her first group of Teams. And more are on the horizon.

There is not much else to say, except WOW!!! Thank You to all of the Veterans and Service Members and their Battle Buddies, and the Trainers that have been there for them all.  “Together you train to hone your skills and bond as a Team” – the thought and the idea really work on forging and strengthening the human-canine bond, which is the backbone of any Service Dog Team.

Congratulations and Good Luck in the future to Jason & LOUIE TSD0200 and Timothy & PONGO TSD 0201.

Thank You all for supporting TADSAW since August 2010.

Have a great week…..

As always, I remain,

Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.
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Good Evening!!! I hope everyone is has started off the New Year – 2014-  on a Happy – Healthy – Safe & Prosperous note. Just give the year a little room to mature and I am sure that some of those four  notes will change somewhat. Anyways now on to the news.

On Saturday January 11th, I received a telephone call announcing the First TADSAW Service Dog Team of 2014 had passed the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test and became the First Team to be trained in California with a Veteran with a new TADSAW Trainer.  Congratulations to Colin & DUKE TSD0199 and Nick the Trainer  for their hard work and participation in the TADSAW program. And there are more Teams on the horizon, and most definitely TSD0200 will be very shortly!!

So far 2014 has started out ahead of last year’s statistics, for the same time period. with applicants, and Teams in-training.

I also was made aware of the fact that TADSAW did not reach the 2013 Budget goal of $300,000 and 120 Service Dog Teams. BUT the good news was that TADSAW did accredit 119 Teams (just one shy!!!) on about 55% of the budget. We had over 430 donors during 2013 that supported the program.  And again Thank You to all of those generous individuals and businesses that were so kind during 2013.

Well that just about brings you up-to-date on the goings on!!!

Congratulations and Good Luck again to TSD0199 : Colin & DUKE….

Have a great week and an Awesome Year……

As always, I remain,

Bart Sherwood
Program Director – TADSAW, INC.
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Good Morning!!! It feels like I have been trying to get to this blog for almost 12 days. And finally “here I is!!” Anyways, I hope each and every one had a Happy Thanksgiving and got plenty of Turkey and stuffing and yams and pies. By now the leftovers are almost all gone – Thankfully!!!

In November, there were 120 application requests from Wounded Warriors and Veterans, of which 34 were completed during the month, and another 26 from previous months. That means another 60 Teams will be starting to train after the New Year starts. Sometimes it is difficult to get the ball rolling during the Holidays, because of family, trips and guests. But those applicants, knowing that training will begin soon,  are ready to move forward quickly.

But the BIG NEWS so far in December is the announcement of another 8 TADSAW Service Dog Teams passing the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test.

On December 7th, to honor the memory of Pearl Harbor Day, Trainer Jessica, in the Fort Hood area accredited the following Service Dog Teams:  Aaron & PATCHES: TSD0187 ; Jonscott & ANN: TSD0188 ; Matthew & MAX: TSD0189 ; and Richard & ZACK: TSD0190.

Then on December 10th, seems to be Nobel Prize awarding day, the only awards were for Trainer Carolyn’s ‘students’ in the  San Antonio, where the following Service Dog Teams were accredited, and joined an already increasing list. These Teams are: Fabian & GUNNER: TSD0191 ; Erica & REB: TSD0192 ; Darin & NASH:TSD 0193 ; and Jimmy & SMOKY: TSD0194.

Congratulations to all of the TEAMS, as they go into the world with their families and into the communities, after years of isolation due to the PTSD stranglehold. GOOD LUCK & HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all the TEAMS. Also, Thank You to the Trainers, Humans & Canines for their hard work and patience during the training and testing.

WOW!!!! So far during 2013, TADSAW has accredited 115 TEAMS throughout the United States…and that is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the program of the Wounded Warriors, Active Duty and Veteran, the Dogs and the Trainers involved. My Thanks to all of them because THEY make it happen.

And the TADSAW Catch TWENTY-TWO Challenge is picking up support from everyone we reach out to. Please think about gifting a donation to your favorite charity in honor of your loved ones, rather than the normal materialistic gifts. It makes everyone involved feel better knowing that they have made a difference in the world.


As always, I remain,

Bart & The Colonel