Mission: 4 Freedom Equestrian Team was established to increase public awareness of the needs and sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces. We ride to honor the men and women of the United States military for their outstanding accomplishments, courage, and dedication to our country as well as our nation’s veterans, POW’s, and MIA’s for the sacrifices they have made. We are the land of the free because of the brave
Results: We have helped countless veterans who battle with daily struggles…through our all volunteer equine assisted therapy program. We are one of few organizations who takes our horses to the veterans completely free of charge, to be part of a PTSD program at the Dayton VAMC. We have also brought joy and comfort to veterans and visitors at the Community Living Center on the grounds of the Dayton VA. With the help of our horses, we have saved lives and have been given an amazing opportunity to help the men and women who have fought for this great country!
The purposes of the corporation shall be: to perpetuate the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., and the memory of all the men and women who have served our country as members of the Armed Forces; the further object of this organization shall be patriotic, educational, social, and for service; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States; to educate our members and others not to divulge military, naval, or other Government information; to assist in veterans’ ceremonies, to attend patriotic rallies and meetings; to foster true democracy; to care for the unsupported mothers who gave their sons to the service of the Nation; to aid in bringing about recognition of the need of permanent civilian defense for each community and to ever be alert against invasion of un-American activities; to uphold the American institutions of freedom, justice, and equal rights, and to defend the United States from all enemies
PO Box 231
Bowerston, OH 44695
Dogs 4 Warriors, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing professionally trained service dogs at no cost to Combat Veterans of all eras suffering from PTSD, TBI, and other combat-related injuries. Founded and located just outside Bowerston, Ohio. Dogs 4 Warriors Inc is managed by its founder and CEO, Sheila Slezak, a Master Dog Trainer and behaviorist, who has been training Police K9’s, Personal Protection Dogs for Senior Executives, Service Dogs, and Family Pets for over 30 years.
DOGS 4 WARRIORS UTILIZES RESCUE DOGS FOR OUR PROGRAM
When a member of the military is called to duty, they put their entire lives on hold. They box up their lives and put them on a shelf with a tag that says “to be continued……”. Some of those lives never get the chance to be continued and then there are those who get to come home, but they are not the same people who left. PTSD and TBI often cause the Veterans who return to feel like they are no longer able to face life. They feel out of place, confused, anxious, afraid, and on edge. The things they have been through, most people can’t even imagine and yet these veterans are judged because of that. One of the veterans in our program told me “It’s like being broken and half the pieces are missing so you cant even begin to put things back together.” At Dogs 4 Warriors Inc we know that a service dog won’t fix everything but we also know that they will help mend the wounds. We may not be able to fill in all the cracks but we will help find the pieces.