Heather Lloyd, founder of Tails of Valor, located in Bucks County, addressed The Woman’s Club of Quakertown at its monthly meeting at the Spinnerstown Hotel on Nov. 7.
Lloyd spoke about the goals and achievements of her nonprofit organization. She was accompanied to the meeting by “Fitz,” a 16-week-old miniature Labradoodle, just beginning service dog training in the program designed to help veterans deal with the stress of war and to enable them to lead a better quality of life. The program trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD, TBI (traumatic brain injury) and physical disabilities. Costs involved are 100% funded, including providing all dogs in the program with dog food for life.
All the dogs participating in the program are named after fallen soldiers. Fitz was named in honor of Theodore D. Fitzhenry, a U.S. Navy Seal, who died in 2004. Since its inception, 70 dogs have gone through the program, with nine veterans actively engaged with their service dogs currently. The program has just begun to extend its services to a retired policeman with similar needs.
To read veterans’ stories about how the dogs and the program have empowered them to improve their lives, visit www.tailsofvalor.org.
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