Hi, we are a group of veterans running a non profit providing service dogs for vets! Ask us anything!
Hi, this is Shane, Mike and Tom with Warrior Service Dogs
Warrior Service Dogs is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization started by three OEF/OIF combat veterans based in Western North Carolina. Our training is led by certified dog trainer and behavior modification specialist Shane Cox as well as certified dog trainer Chris Stewart.
We recently did a news segment talking about what we do and our goals.
Shane served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman with 3rd Battalion 8th Marines Kilo Company and 8th Marine Regiment between July 2001 and July 2005. During that time, Shane was deployed four times: twice to Iraq and one tour in each Afghanistan and Haiti. Now Shane wants to provide veterans with the same assistance and support he receives from his service dog, Draven, his dog of 9 years. Shane went back to school and received full certification in Dog Training and Behavior Modification. He has trained service dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue working dogs, and many others. Shane lives in Asheville with his fiancée, Lauren.
Mike:Co-founder and Fundraising Event Director
Mike served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman from September 2000 to September 2004. He was selected to be part of the 1st Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) for his first deployment to Iraq. Mike then returned to Iraq a second time with 1st Battalion 5th Marine Regiment Bravo Company Weapons Platoon. As co-founder of Warrior Service Dogs, Mike has seen firsthand the healing affects a service dog can have on a veteran.
Tom was a medic with the US Army’s 1/505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He did two tours, one in Iraq and the other in Afghanistan. Tom retired from the Army in August of 2010 and met the other members of Warrior Service Dogs.
We were asked to do this AMA because of this video which was posted recently.
So, ask us anything about what we do, our goals, and especially our dogs!
Edit to add: Still taking questions, ask away! There is a lot of them, but we will try to answer every question we get.
Back from dinner and ready to answer questions as they come. I will check back on this frequently, so feel free to ask any time!
Wow, thank you so much for the donations, that is so awesome and will help out tremendously. Shane made his own account as Warriorservicedogs (first time on reddit!) so he can reply to questions easier
A redditor named Rachael "is a clinical psychology doctoral student doing research on OIF/OEF veterans and PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and lifelong trauma. I'm hoping that this research will help us learn some important information so that we can hopefully provide better care to veterans." Her survey is 20 minutes long and she asks that you take part even if you do not have any symptoms Here is the link