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Greetings!!

‘Fact or Faith’ believing in the system!!

Veterans and Active Duty members have ‘FAITH’ the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs will take care of their health problems during and after serving. The FACT is that they, the DoD and DoVA, do not- time and time again. Just look at the backlog of claims, the Vietnam War Veterans, Desert Storm and the Gulf War Veterans, and  the MST survivors. 

The FACT is the Veterans have FAITH, but the government entities entrusted with the responsibility prove time and time again that the Fact is they will Delay – Deny and hope they Die before taking care of them.

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/dogs_and_ptsd.asp

And now the DoVA is attempting to tear down the ADA of 2010 that established calming as a task for Service Dogs for PTSD survivors. When will they stop abusing and not following the Law of the Land?? When will they too become compliant like the rest of the public??

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Greetings!!! Now that we all have survived another Thanksgiving Day and are eating left-overs, it is time to write again.

The Colonel, Kelcie, Patsy and myself spent Thanksgiving Day supper with the Wounded Warriors and their families at the Warrior Family Support Center (WFSC) at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) aka Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) located at Fort Sam Houston.  The diner was catered by the San Antonio Chapter of the Order of the Purple Heart. Everything was delicious and well received by all.

The Colonel and Kelcie made it feel more like home with all of the hugs and petting by the kids and families. Nothing like having a dog around to feel more like home away from home. Unfortunately, dark colored clothing had a definite attraction for the hairs from Kelcie and The Colonel. But no one seemed to mind!!!

The good news coming before the Holiday was from North Carolina and another TADSAW Service Dog Team passing the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test on November 26th. the newest Team is Chris & ANN TSD0186. Congratulations are due to them and their Trainer Kimberly. And what a way to celebrate Turkey Day, than with your family again. That makes 107 Teams just in 2013 and still another 3 weeks of training before the end of the year!!!

The TADSAW Catch TWENTY-TWO Challenge is progressing slowly, but then again it takes time to make a good soup or a hearty stew. Lots of stirring and seasoning and cooking to get it just right!!!

Hopefully more people are checking out this site… because I have had others ask me about the previous wave of emails. So I will probably do both!!

Until next time – stay safe and enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend..

As always – Bart

 

WOW Moments 11/22/2013

Good Morning!!! What a month and I apologize for being too lax and not writing daily.. I just need to get into the habit.

Since the beginning of November, there have been 14 TADSAW Public Access Temperament Tests passed and the Teams have been accredited from all over the country. Congratulations are due to the following Teams;

David & LEX  TSD0172 ;        Tennessee – Trained by Leah

      Michael & SADIE TSD0173 ;  SATX – Trained by Carolyn

      Lacey & MAMAS TSD0174 ;  SATx – Trained by Carolyn

      Bill & AMBUSH TSD0175 ;     West Texas – Trained by Gary

      Tyler & VALKYRIE TSD0176 ; SATX – Trained by Carolyn

Juan & BELLA TSD0177 ;    SATx – Trained by Brent  *his first TADSAW Team*

     Gary & ZIVA TSD0178 ;         West Texas – Trained by Gary

     Brad & BULL TSD0179 ;        SATx – Trained by Carolyn *TMTC*

     Tina & SHADOW TSD0180;   West Texas – Trained by Gary

     Tim & SPADER TSD0181 ;     DFW – Trained by Michelle

    Michael & LUNA TSD0182 ;   DFW – Trained by Michelle

    Michael J & ROCKY TSD0183 ; North Carolina – Trained by Brittany **her first TADSAW Team*

    Daniel & MIJA TSD0184 ;  East Texas – Trained by Randy (Louisiana)

    June & SAMSON TSD0185  West Texas – Trained by Gary

BUT another milestone occurred during the testing in San Antonio, and that was the 100th Team accredited during 2013!!!  And the distinguished honor belongs to Brad & Bull when they passed their ‘walk’ at Bass Pro Shop. Not only was he now the !00th Team, but he represents all of his fellow Vietnam Veterans finally coming home. So far there are 33 Vietnam Veterans representing the TADSAW Service Dog Teams, among many more currently in-training.

Not a day goes by, when I am not sending out 5 or more applications in response to inquiries, and receiving back 1 or 2 completed applications. The number in-training all over the Country just keeps increasing.

TADSAW has received many donations over the past few weeks, but the need keeps growing.

The TADSAW Catch TWENTY-TWO Challenge has slowly been gaining momentum, and that is okay as long as each day grows a little.

I have a meeting in December with the Battalion Surgeon of the Fort Sam Houston Warriors Transition Battalion to discuss the role of Medical Alert Service Dogs, and the training,  in the warrior’s treatment of PTSD. I trust all goes well, as the controversy is like a ‘hot potato’!!! All I can say to them is the quote on the US Military Working Dog Monument, dedicated to the MWD & their handler “Together they train to hone their skills and Bond as a Team”. These Teams were responsible for saving tens (maybe hundreds!!) of thousands of lives during the deployment of fighting troops. So may their peacetime brothers and sisters, the Medical Alert Service Dogs, do for their Handlers and the families, neighborhoods and communities.

Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving…..

 

As always…… Bart

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Good Afternoon!!! Just sitting here sending out TADSAW applications and answering telephone calls and inquiries about the program. Also, busy trying to launch the revised up-dated website. At least, I think we are having less problems than the Affordable Care site.

Anyways just to let you all know, during October 2013, TADSAW sent out 158 applications in response to the many phone calls I received. Fifty applications were completed and returned  just from October and another 19 applications from previous months. That means an additional 69 Teams are being placed on ” in-training” status all over the United States.

That is a big ” WOW” as there are over 300 Teams with Dogs in-training or waiting to find a shelter dog to become a Battle Buddy and start training.

I am going to publish now as I need to get back and work on the website. Stay tuned for more !!!!

Did you see these new videos yet??

**NEW VIDEOS: Therapy Dogs Heal Troops (UMTV)   **Must View**
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFACrnTV58Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player  **

Let me know what you think!!!

Have a great week….

Bart & The Colonel

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Good Evening!!! After a long Monday afternoon at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, I finally found time to write an]bout the dedication of the newest monument in San Antonio, Texas. The  U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument was unveiled for the first time before a large crowd of former Dog Handler Veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War , Gulf War and the War on Terror. Billed as the ‘Guardians of America’s Freedom, the 4 dog breeds most commonly trained are depicted in bronze standing next to a Dog Handler. The breeds are Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever and  Belgian Malinois. What a spectacular sight!!

The speeches made were about how the Military Working Dog (MWD) and the bond that formed between handler and canine warriors. The stories of how the MWD alerted the warriors to bombs, attacks, and the human lives saved by the courageous MWD, without regard to their own safety. Of how deep the human-canine bond went between the pair entrusted with the safety of the rest of the troops. From Generals in-charge to the Handlers, the story never changed…. of how the dog watched over their human counterparts.

And there I was with The Colonel paying TADSAW’s respects to the monument and the special occasion. But the one thing that went thru my mind was of the stories, and how similar they were to what goes on with the TADSAW program.  ‘Train a Dog – Save a Warrior’ and build on the human-canine bond by having the Veteran train and teach their canine ‘Battle Buddy’.

The respect that the Department of Defense and the 5 branches of the Armed Forces give to the MWD and the saving of human lives, should be heard by those same ears when it comes to the use of Medical Alert Service Dogs and saving the lives of the Wounded Warriors that have returned home from deployment. TWENTY-TWO veterans are victims of suicide daily. That should be enough for the Military to re-think the use of more Service Dogs for survivors of PTSD, MST and/or TBI.

Tonight on the MTV show Snooki & JWOWW, there appeared a rather ‘touchy’ subject in regards to Jenni wanting to train her dog to be a service dog in order that the dog can go with her everywhere. The problem is that it cheapens the concept of a Service Dog being needed by a Disabled Veteran in order to improve the Veteran’s Quality of Life. Too many times and too many telephone call have I received from a distraught Veteran about being refused entry into s store or restaurant, because the management knew nothing about the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and 2010 granting the Right of Access into public businesses.

The MTV show might have chosen a subject other than ‘phony’ Service Dogs, or at least have the reality characters confess to her abuse of the Law and the system that so protects the rights of our Nation’s Disabled Veterans and their Medical Alert Service Dogs.

And now the really big news that I received…. a Veteran and his Battle Buddy training in Nevada passed the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test and are now TADSAW Service Dog Team 0171!!!! CONGRATULATIONS to Steven & LB: TSD0171 and Paul the Trainer. Good Luck as the Team go forward into the future.

Now that is the WOW MOMENT!!! 171 Service Dog Teams since August 2010!!!

Thank You all for reading and sharing this blog to others….

As always, I remain……Bart

 

 

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Good Afternoon!!! This morning I was at the monthly meeting of the Jewish War Veterans in San Antonio, Texas, and to my  ‘surprise’  was asked by a former Chapter Commander to speak about the TADSAW Catch Twenty-Two Challenge. This is very significant as San Antonio is the home of TADSAW, INC., and the fact that they are the first Veterans’ Group to accept and respond to the Challenge, above the request, is very much appreciated.

The TADSAW Catch Twenty-Two Challenge is asking for a $22.00 donation from each and every chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Jewish War Veterans, Vietnam Veterans Association, Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, and any other group, whether it be a weekly card club, homeowners association or school, to donate Twenty-Two Dollars ($22.00) to the ‘Train a Dog – Save a Warrior’ (TADSAW) program. Just one $22.00 donation, not per member, not per month, not per member per month!!! JUST ONCE ANNUALLY!!! Together all of you can provide for the funding of many Service Dog Teams across the United States.

To date October 27th, TADSAW has trained 171 Service Dog Teams, has over 250 Teams in-training and adds at least 55 to 60 new Teams per month to the training program. Over 1100 applications have been emailed during 2013, and there are still 2 months remaining. BUT the real note of significance is that there are 31 Vietnam Veteran Service Dog Teams to have been accredited thru the program.

With your financial assistance, TADSAW hopes to challenge the 22 suicides per day by Veterans across the country, and hopefully reduce the number. You know that TWENTY-TWO looks good on a football jersey (Emmitt Smith) or a baseball uniform (Jim Palmer or Roger Clemens) or a basketball jersey (Elgin Baylor or John Salley or Tiago Splitter), or on  NASCAR  (Penske Racing). BUT it is an embarrassment to the United States as a statistic for Veterans suicides.

Since 2010, when the TADSAW program began, the daily suicide rate  has steadily increased from 14 deaths to the present rate in 2013 of 22 deaths. This does not look good for the Department of Defense nor the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those parties add more money to the budget to cover new programs, but the number of suicides still have increased. Obviously, something is not working as well as it needs to.

Thank You for reading my blog and look forward to your comments. Please pass this blog on to others, if you feel the urge to share.

As always, I remain,

Bart Sherwood

 

 

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Good Morning & Afternoon!!!

Latest update on Friday October 18th, Leah,  our TADSAW Trainer in the Fort Campbell area , announced that the another Team passed the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test (PATT)

CONGRATULATIONS to Jamie & SONNY: TSD0169 – Thank You for your participation and hard work. and GOOD LUCK to you both..

I forgot to mention that this past week, there were 4 Vietnam Veterans that had successfully completed the TADSAW PATT.  These Teams are:

Stephen & GGM MOLLY:  TSD0163 ; Curt & PENNY: TSD0166 ; Henry & CALLIE: TSD0167 and Eddie & EMMA: TSD0168.

Also, I received a message that at Camp Lejeune, CONGRATULATIONS are due to Francisco & MOONSTAR: TSD0170 and the Team’s Trainer Casper. Thank You all for your participation and hard work

These Four increases the total number of  Vietnam Veteran  TADSAW Service Dog Teams to 31 !!

Congratulations to all of the TADSAW Service Dog Teams that have participated and worked hard to get there.

Have a great weekend…..

 

As always…… Bart

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Good Evening!!! What a week  this has been. The Government fiasco in Washington DC !!! The Major League Baseball playoffs!!  And now the naming of 6 new TADSAW Service dog Teams.

Starting on Saturday October 12th – Stephen & GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY: TSD0163 – Trained by Colleen of DC , and continuing thru Today  Thursday    October 17th –  Arseny & JAXX: TSD0164Michael & VALKON: TSD0165;  Curt & PENNY: TSD0166;  Henry & CALLIE: TSD0167; and Eddie & EMMA: TSD0168 – all trained by Carolyn of San Antonio.

Congratulations and Good Luck to each TEAM as they go out into a new world together. And Thank You to the TEAMS and the Trainers for all of their hard work and participation in the TADSAW program. This is what makes the program so successful, the building and nurturing of the human-canine bond, from the start of training and strengthening with each lesson attended.

168 TEAMS since TADSAW began in August 2010 – WOW!!!

89 TEAMS  during 2013 – and with a little bit of Luck and hard work by the Teams in-training- TADSAW will see over 100 Teams  accredited this year. WOW !!!

Please view the new video about Service Dogs on the TADSAW Face Book  or click on http://umc.org/media or Service Dogs Heal Soldiers (UMTV)

Thank You all for reading this blog.

Have a great weekend……….. and stay tuned for another one !!!!

Bart

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Good Morning!!!It seems like I should be doing this more often, and I promise I will come to this site daily.

First of all,  TADSAW wants to congratulate and welcome the newest Service Dog Teams the program, that passed the TADSAW Public Access Temperament Test recently.  They are:

   TSD0158 :   Joey & CHLOE   –            trained by Cheralyn of North Carolina

TSD0159 :  Charlene & SAPHIRA  – trained by Cheralyn

  TSD0160 :  Alan & NUVELLE      –      trained by   Kimberly of North Carolina

TSD0161 :  Christopher & LUNA  –    trained by Jacqueline of Colorado

TSD0162 :    Trisha & RIVER          –    trained by Jacqueline

Once again CONGRATULATIONS to the entire TEAM for their dedication, hard work, and participation in the program. This is what makes the TADSAW program successful. GOOD LUCK to you all as you return back into the Community and the World.

WOW!! !63 Teams since the Program started in August 2010, and a total of 83 so far this year.  All I can say is THANK YOU

The GREAT AMERICAN RESCUE is a concept I termed a about 3 years ago bringing together the Wounded Warrior and the Rescue Shelter Dog, and training them as a TEAM. This training thus would be saving 2 lives simultaneously and establishing the recognizable  “Human-Canine Bond”. Now TADSAW wants to challenge everyone reading this WOW-moment to send in $10.00  to support the funding of the training and the program.

This same challenge is being issued to all of the chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans Association, Special Forces Association, Disabled American Veterans, the Masonic Lodge, the Order of Eastern Star, and many other organizations to promote the awareness of the seriousness of the situation facing the ‘Invisible Wound’ survivors.  Just one TEN DOLLAR donation per chapter or lodge per year . Nothing too big! Not per member! Not per month!! and NOT per member per month!! Just once a year!! Please share this with your friends and neighbors.

What does the Number 22 (Twenty-two) mean to you?? To TADSAW – it is Robert & MARLEY as in TSD0022 . To many of you it is the uniforms of Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys, John Salley of the Detroit Pistons, Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles, Tiago Splitter of the San Antonio Spurs, Mike Bossy of the Philadelphia Flyers, Elgin Baylor of the Los Angeles Lakers, and many other outstanding individuals. It is also the NASCAR number for Penske Racing represented by so many great drivers. But really it represents the number of daily suicides by the Nation’s Veterans and Service members. And THIS IS WRONG!!!

There is a serial killer out there causing the premature death of 22 men and women on a daily basis. And this is what is reported by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs; however, it only takes into account the reporting of statistics by 11 states. Last time I looked at the United States map, I saw 50 states with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Why is no one hunting he killer down?? Why is the death rate higher at ‘home’ than on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan?? WHY??

Twenty-two murders a day and no one is rushing to stop or decrease the numbers. As a matter of fact, in 2010, the rate was at 14 suicides daily, and just steadily increased. I am not looking to blame anyone. All I want to know is why has the murder rates in the cities decreased while the deaths of our Service members rose.

But for 163 of the Veterans and  another 200 plus in-training, they have a chance to become another type of reported statistic. And with your assistance, maybe the Number 22 will be decreased next year.

Thank You for reading and I look forward to your comments.

Have a great weekend and a safe Columbus Day holiday!!!

As always, I remain,

Bart Sherwood – Program Director TADSAW, INC. (210)643-2901

 

 

 

 

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Good Morning!!! What a weekend so far !!! On Saturday September 28th, hours after sending out the ‘last official’  TADSAW-WOW Moment by email and announcing this blogsite, I received notice  from 2 TADSAW Dog Trainers:

The first was  from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina – a first for Trainer Cheralyn White and the TEAM:

Derrick & ZIGGY :TSD0155….

And the second was from the Dallas/Fort Worth area – a double first for Trainer Michelle Schaa  and the area and the  TEAMS:

                 Stephen & JUDE: TSD0156            and

Jamir & LACI: TSD0157

Congratulations are in order for the TEAMS, the Veterans and their ‘Battle Buddies’ and the Trainers… And Thanks to all of them for their hard work, efforts, commitment and dedication to the program. But most of all, their PATIENCE  with TADSAW and myself.

Good Luck to the newest TEAMS in the future and for  the rest of their life.

If you would like to donate $25.o0 for a TADSAW T-shirt to the newest Team, it would be greatly appreciated and Thanked. The link is on the home page.

Well here goes as this is the start of a new era in electronic mail.  Now to see how many people are checking and reading!!!!

Have a great week ahead….

As always, I remain ——  Bart