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