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.
(210)643-2901
bart@tadsaw.org
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There are now 10 more TADSAW Service Dog Teams

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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.
(210)643-2901
bart@tadsaw.org
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Greetings – July 4th should remind us all of the sacrifice our forefathers made from TADSAW

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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.
(210)643-2901
bart@tadsaw.org

 

 

‘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.
(210)643-2901
bart@tadsaw.org
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