Copper Has Been Placed With His New Battle Buddy
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs is pleased to announce that Copper and his recipient have recently passed their ADI Public Access Test and are beginning to settle into their new life together. Copper's recipient was serving with the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq during May of 2003. While on a combat mission out of Baghdad, he was thrown from an armored personnel carrier, sustaining a significant traumatic brain injury. Since being matched with Copper, this young man's VA doctors have seen improvement in his overall health, attitude, mobility, and his sleep patterns are returning to normal. Copper uses his 80 pounds to assist his buddy to get out of bed, rise from a sitting position, reminds him to take his medicines when an alarm sounds, and also provides mobility assistance. Due to his injury and resultant PTSD, this young man was living somewhat of a reclusive lifestyle. Recently, with Copper by his side, he escorted his wife to the mall and took in a movie.
Copper was sponsored into service by Dee and Fuzzy Hughes, in honor of their deceased son, SGT. Keith Hughes, U.S.M.C. God Bless and Rest in Peace.
Marine Veteran SGT. Bradley Walker with "Bella", his SMSD mobility assistance dog.
Recent graduates SGT. Robert Harris and mobility assistance service dog "Bearden", sponsored by the Bearden HS JROTC Cadet Corps.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs "Tribute to Our Military"
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
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Each Smoky Mountain Service Dog puppy is hand selected by our trainers and the majority will come from reputable breeders. Appropriate shelter/rescue dogs may also be considered.
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Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
In March, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported that 1 in every 50 school children suffer from autism. That is more than 1 million U.S. School Children.
In January of this year NBC News reports that for the first 11 months of 2012, 177 active duty military personnel took their own lives. That is more than the 176 combat related fatalities. Army suicides have increased 54% since 2007 when 115 took their own lives.
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Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
1 in 50 American children suffer from austism
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.