As I write this, my heart is overflowing with love, compassion, and tremendous optimism for the future of our local veterans and the Top Dogg K9 Foundation! Blake and I have just returned from the Edgefield U.S. Federal Correctional Institution in South Carolina where we kicked off a new program that will prepare inmates and staff to train our service dogs. Not only does it help us train even more dogs for service, it helps inmates with critical emotional and psychological rehabilitation, as well!
The kick-off to that program is well-timed, as we also kick-off Mental Health Awareness Month on May 1st. To raise mental health awareness and draw our community closer, Top Dogg will host a month long campaign aimed at educating the community on mental health issues prevalent within the veteran community and raise funds vital to our work serving them.
Here’s your first piece of education: Every day, 22 veterans commit suicide. That is a statistic we work everyday to eliminate. Join us all throughout the month of May for our #Save22 campaign. You can support our veterans by:
- Sharing our posts and raising awareness among your friends and family
- Give just $22 to enable Top Dogg to grow its programs serving our veterans
- On May 22, Walk 2.2 miles to #Save22! Join us for the Dog Walk for Mental Health at Tribble Mill Park