INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 11, 2016) – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) honored a local organization, Soldier Dogs for Independence, with a House resolution.
This nonprofit began in 2012 and assists local veterans who are struggling with physical or mental issues by pairing them with dogs from shelters. Together, they enroll in a 24-week course where they work with a dog behavioral trainer so the dog can become a service dog, or “Battle Buddy,” as the organization calls them.
“I first visited Soldier Dogs for Independence more than four years ago, and it is astounding to see how much it has grown since then and how far their reach has gone to veterans in our community,” McNamara said. “I am extremely proud of the way this organization gives hope to the veterans who have sacrificed so much.”
McNamara said anyone who is interested in learning more about this organization is encouraged to visit their website www.soldierdogs.org. The organization is run by volunteers who are also veterans. These volunteers offer training classes and take care of the dogs at no cost to the owner. Those who are interested in the program must fill out an application, get approval from their doctor to have a service dog, go through an interview process with the organization and participate in the 24-week program.
Rep. McNamara (R-Evansville) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.