November General Meeting
Please join VRW for our November general meeting!
Lunch $30 (please be mindful there the “no eat” option is no longer available).
Please join us on for our November meeting as we hear from Lori Stevens, founder of Patriot Paws.
At VRW, we certainly understand that our freedom isn’t free; our November will continue our tradition of honoring our members who are Veterans as well as their families who have served in any branch of the military. We will have a special tribute to those who have served that you won’t want to miss.
You may recall that we send an honorarium in the name of those who speak at our club meetings each month; this term those honorariums are going to Patriot Paws, an organization whose mission is to provide NO-COST, HIGHLY TRAINED service dogs to disable American veterans to restore their physical and emotional independence.
If you aren’t sure just how effective a service dog can be, please attend our November meeting where you will meet Lori Stevens, founder of Patriot Paws in Rockwall, TX, and Jill Tate, Patriot Paws Puppy Ambassador. You may even get to meet some Veteran/dog partnerships and hear their stories.
In 2005, Lori was a dog trainer who was asked to help train a few dogs for disabled vets. After working with these veterans and visiting the VA Hospital in Dallas, she realized just how many of our disabled veterans are in desperate need of assistance dogs and knew she had to help. With the help of a few friends and family, Lori started Patriot PAWS Service Dogs in a small storefront in Rockwall, TX, training only about 8 dogs at a time. Patriot PAWS has long since outgrown that little storefront and the Rockwall campus now includes administrative, training, and kennel facilities where they are able to train and house as many as 25 dogs. Working with our volunteer puppy raisers and our innovative Prison Training program at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Patriot Paws is able to train an additional 35 dogs in other locations and place about 10-15 Patriot PAWS Service Dogs with disabled veterans each year. PAWS became a registered 501(c)(3) in 2006, making generous donations tax deductible.
In 2017, Lori was named a “Champion of Freedom” by TFRW and honored at a special event in Austin.
At any given time, there are over 100 disabled vets on the waiting list; this is one of a very few organizations where your generous donations can make a very REAL difference to those who have sacrificed so much for us. To learn more, watch Texas Country Reporter’s video.