To continue our efforts in giving back to Veterans whenever possible we partnered with SemperK9, a non-profit committed to providing Service Dogs to Veterans, in mid-April for the B2G Expo at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Due to the great turnout at the expo we were able to donate enough money to cover the adoption fee and initial care package for a future service dog. aXseum then invited SemperK9 to our offices to educate our staff about the vital job Service Dogs provide for our Veterans earlier this month. Christopher Baity, co-founder of SemperK9, came to our HQ in Alexandria, along with dog-in-training Rona, and explained to us how service dogs can absolutely make a difference in the life of a Veteran. We were extremely humbled and in awe of all the things Man’s Best Friend can do for our country’s Veterans.

According to the Veterans Administration, 834,463 veterans from OIF/OEF suffer from combat-related PTSD.  Overall there are 10.6 million veterans living with combat-related PTSD. SemperK9 has been providing service dogs to Veterans since 2014. SemperK9’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for wounded, critically-ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families by providing them assistance dogs. Using rescued and donated dogs SemperK9 provides service dogs for psychiatric alert and mobility challenges free of charge to wounded service members. Baity himself is a Veteran having served in the Marines, along with a dedicated team of volunteer’s, trains their dogs to make a difference in the life of those who deserve the most help.

We wanted to provide more information about SemperK9 so that we could spread the word about the work they do and if you would like to donate to SemperK9, make sure to visit their website at semperk9.org and click on the Donate button. Lastly, if you know of anyone who may be in need of a service dog you can also apply for one via SemperK9’s website.