"Hero Tales Hangar Party: Red, White and Blue Jeans" on Saturday at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum in Fayetteville will help provide service dogs for area veterans. The western-theme benefit will include dinner, drinks, dancing, live and silent auctions and a performance by Barrett Baber. General admission tickets are $75 and VIP tickets for $125 that include a pre-event party with Baber.
Dogs are matched with veterans who are in counseling, and whose mental health professionals say they would benefit from and be able to care for the dog. Many of the dogs are teamed with veterans with post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.
Hero Tales Hangar Party: Red, White and Blue Jeans
Who: Soldier on Service Dogs
What: Barrett Baber, dinner, dancing, drinks, auctions
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Arkansas Air & Military Museum, Fayetteville
Tickets: $75 general admission or $125 for VIP
Information: (479) 521-9301
Volunteer puppy raisers have the dogs from the time they're eight weeks old and, in the ensuing 12 to 14 months, teach the dogs basic obedience and work on socialization. Deb Locander, development manager, said the nonprofit organization is always in need of puppy raisers.
After basic training, the dogs go back to Soldier On for two years of daily training. Dogs are then teamed with veterans, and the two complete six more months of training together. Each dog trained and matched with a veteran costs the nonprofit organization $35,000 to $40,000, Locander said.
Since September 2014, the group has paired seven veterans with service dogs. Four more dogs and veterans are in team training and will graduate in June. Locander said they hope to have placed an additional six dogs by year's end.
-- CARIN SCHOPPMEYER
NAN Our Town on 03/08/2018
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