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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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.
(210)643-2901