Canines for Combat Veterans

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Posted by: wbtpress on Monday, January 14, 2008 at 4:21:00 pm


Veteran Chris Strickland and his dog Ruthie, Frank Morganthaler, Sheila O'Brien (NEADS Executive Director) Bill Stutler & Bob Funking (WBT Owners).

On Friday, January 11, 2008, Westchester Broadway Theatre donated $10,000. to the program "Canines for Combat Veterans", which was initiated by NEADS, a service dog training organization located in West Boylston, Mass. This program provides service dogs for wounded veterans. Most of those veterans are victims of the current conflict in Iraq/Afghanistan. The majority of these wounded vets have suffered amputation, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI) and need assistance. Their service dog can retrieve items, open doors, turn lights on and off, provide balance while the vet is walking and assist the veteran going up and down stairs or getting up from a chair.  It takes about 18 months to fully train these service dogs, at a cost of $10,000 per dog. This program does not receive any Federal, State or VA financial assistance and must seek donations to finance the effort.

The Eastchester American Legion Post 979 and VFW Post 2285 were the first contributions to the Canines for Combat Veterans Fund in Westchester. Frank Morganthaler and Bob Foster, each a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Posts have valiantly led the fundraising effort to pair wounded combat veterans with trained service dogs. Westchester Broadway Theatre, with the help of our generous patrons, is proud to join the effort by sponsoring a dog for a deserving veteran! Contact NEADS at 978-422-9064.  or The website:


To help those who are unable to afford the cost of a service animal, we created a guide that breaks down the total costs of obtaining a service dog, and provide a list of several alternative methods for financing these costs..




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