The Eric and Jessie Foundation is excited to announce that we are kicking off 2016 by funding the rescue and training of two additional service dogs for veterans in need! This $50,000 grant to our community partner Freedom Service Dogs of America (FSD) brings the total number of Deckers Dogs to eight, with dogs six, seven and eight all set to be rescued, trained and matched with a veteran currently on a waiting list in the year ahead.
Eric, Jessie and the EJDF team would like to thank all of the individuals who donated to our recent year-end matching campaign. Through your generosity, we raised over $22,000 which we are immediately passing on to FSD as part of this $50,000 grant.
Deckers Dogs, the primary initiative of the Eric and Jessie Decker Foundation, helps fund the rescue, care and training of service dogs for military veterans returning home with disabilities. Deckers Dogs directly supports Freedom Service Dogs of America.
Supporters of Deckers Dogs help veterans in their darkest hours while also freeing a shelter dog, allowing it to have a second lease on life supporting a veteran. Freedom Service Dogs work exclusively with rescued dogs, which have the same success rate as dogs bred for service. For a typical service dog, the journey from shelter to service costs approximately $25,000. Service dogs provide a support system for wounded warriors with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), pain and mobility issues that can lead to suicide.