Topsham, Maine – August 15, 2017 – Embrace A Vet is honored to announce we have received a $15,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) in support of our Paws for Peace service dog training program. This grant will fund canine adoption and joint veteran/dog training of four teams. The ten-month course begins with 16 two-hour weekly classes to achieve certification, and continues with monthly post-graduation sessions to reinforce good handling skills, assess additional needs, and address any new issues.
Diane Hender, President of Embrace A Vet, said, “We are so appreciative of DVNF’s generous funding which will assist more Maine veterans and their families struggling with the challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). It is so rewarding to observe the gradual transformation of the veterans as they work and learn with their dogs. Veterans report so many benefits associated with training and having a Service Dog. Overall, the biggest benefit is increased quality of life, which is shared by the entire family. This is a grant to EAV, and a gift to so many.”