Jet has been placed with his Veteran partner
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs is proud to announce that "Jet" has been placed with U.S. Army Veteran, Alexander Armor of Johnson City, TN. Mr. Armor's injuries came during his four years in the Army with the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment and later the 1st Calvary Division in Iraq. Mr. Armor served his country for three tours and was injured on each deployment. The first two injuries were by improvised explosive devices, and the third (and most significant injury) when an IED was detonated by a suicide bomber. Alex suffered significant lower extremity damage, shrapnel damage, widespread neuropathy, a traumatic brain injury, and post- traumatic stress syndrome. Other than providing Alex with unconditional love, Jet retrieves items when they are dropped, assists Alex with balance and mobility and performs many other helpful tasks. With "Jet", his battle buddy at his side, Alex will be attending East Tennessee State University.
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
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
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.
SMSD Bella/Dennis Tissot Training
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.