America’s VetDogs Hosts Bipartisan Event for Funding of Veteran Service Dog Programs
Members of the House of Representatives and Senate, Former President George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Sully, U.S. Military Veterans and VetDogs Graduates Will Be Onsite with Their Service Dogs
America’s VetDogs will be hosting a congressional breakfast on Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 8:00 am to 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, to acknowledge the bipartisan support for the continued increased funding for service dog programs for disabled veterans, and to continue to bring awareness to assistant dogs and their ability to change lives.
“America’s VetDogs has been working tirelessly with Congress to increase federal funding for service dog groups across the nation. The continued Congressional support of the bipartisan measure for increased funding of service dog programs is a step forward, however, we need to continue to bring awareness and funding to service dog programs so that more of these special dogs can be provided to veterans who have served our country.” – John Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer, America’s VetDogs
The event will be emceed by Senior Writer of the Washington Examiner, Jamie McIntyre and will feature first hand testimonies from VetDogs graduates Navy Corpsman HM3 (Ret) U.S. Navy and Specialist Tyler McGibbon (Ret) U.S. Army about their service dogs. Notable attendees also include Senator Martha McSally [R-AZ], Rep. John Carter [TX-31], Rep. Sanford Bishop [GA-02], Rep Lee Zeldin [R, NY-1], Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D-OH], Rep. Jim McGovern [MA-02], Rep. Cheri Bustos [IL-17], Rep Charlie Crist [FL-13], Rep Sanford Bishop [GA-02] and Rep. Steve Womack [AR-3] with a special appearance by Sully H.W. Bush, former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog and his trainer Valerie Cramer.
America’s VetDogs is not-for-profit organization that serves the needs of disabled veterans from all eras who have honorably served our country at no cost. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog; however, there is never a charge to the veteran. All of our funding comes from the generous contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations, businesses, and service and fraternal clubs. To learn more about America’s VetDogs, visit VetDogs.org.
About America’s VetDogs
Since 2003, America’s VetDogs (www.VetDogs.org) has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel. America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by the Guide Dog Foundation and serves clients from across the United States. VetDogs relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s VetDogs provides its services completely free of charge to the individual. America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.