"We’re revolutionizing the “service dogs for Veterans” model. EVERY dog provides a service, and the reasons and purpose for obtaining a dog are individual and unique to every owner. The mission of Sierra Delta is to empower American Military Veterans by developing a powerful bond with their dog & their community.With a comprehensive Veteran-centric methodology, we thrive on utilizing a "strengths-based" approach to assist Veterans and their dogs with our Life Buddy program, or introducing them to our Service Dog Academy partners if their needs are greater. Our goal is to work with our Veterans to empower themselves through the love of dogs.
You do not need to have a disability or a specific need to be in a Sierra Delta program with a dog."
Again, according to their website they have tow programs, one for trained service dogs and one for "life buddies"—
"Full-Access Service Dogs are specifically trained to go everywhere with a Veteran, including places that do not allow dogs. We partner with Service Dog Academies across the country to provide this service. After graduation, we continue the support through our Life Buddy Program for the life of the Veteran Dog team.
Limited-Access Life Buddies are trained to a Veteran’s specific needs with access anywhere dogs are welcome."
It was moving to see these men an women collect in the lobby the Mariott and prepare for their game. It can be nothing but humbling for someone like myself who did not serve to see these vets and what they gave physically and emotionally.
To them, they did what they chose to do, what they loved and paid a high price. But no pity is needed, no reason to feel sorrow. They just want to send the message to all vets that help through dogs is available.
We'd encourage all readers to donate to this non-profit or even let a veteran in their lives know about Sierras Delta and perhaps a service dog or a lifetime buddy is for them. I know we will pass the word and the plate.