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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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 bart@tadsaw.org **NEW BLOGSITE: www.tadsaw-wowmoments.org **NEW VIDEOS: Therapy Dogs Heal Troops (UMTV)   **Must View**  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFACrnTV58Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player  **