Dog Bless America

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Dog Bless You, a non-profit organization that celebrates all things canine, has teamed up with other like-minded groups to donate free service dogs to recent war veterans. All they are asking is to be liked…on Facebook.

Lasting through the Fourth of July, Dog Bless You has posed a $500K challenge grant to highlight the important role that dogs play in the often difficult lives of soldiers returning home from combat, many who are afflicted with PTSD. Every time the Dog Bless You Facebook page receives another 5,000 'likes', Explore.org donates a service dog to a recent war veteran, up to 100 dogs or $500,000.

"Happiness is a warm puppy."

--Charles M. Schultz

I'm told that the campaign just hit the 45K 'like' mark today, which means a total of nine dogs have been donated thus far. Certainly, you don't need to survive a war to understand the selfless spiritual and emotional support provided by these amazing animals but it surely helps. After experiencing the trauma of Iraq and Afghanistan, these men and women could no doubt use a loyal friend as they try to adjust to 'normal' life back home.

"Tuesday. Former Captain Luis Montalvan credits his life being saved by the spiritual restoration offered by his service dog, Tuesday. Is there anything more powerful and uplifting then the emotional assistance of animals? If there are any soldiers out there or their wives or children, please share your story. Dog Bless everyone. Lucky"

--Recent Dog Bless You Facebook update

Officially called the Dog Bless USA Challenge Grant, the campaign is a united effort with Explore.org (the multimedia arm of the Annenberg Foundation), IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America), and a variety of other veteran and service dog organizations.

Loyal dogs and equally loyal soldiers - what's not to Like?

~Heather Clisby

BlogHer Contributing Editor, Animal & Wildlife Concerns; Section Editor, LIFE; Proprietor, ClizBiz

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