This week I met with, Jennifer Snider (JC), the Colorado Chapter Director/Trainer for Pets for Vets. This gorgeous 6’2″ dynamic lady is very passionate about her organization and helping Veterans with physical and emotional injuries including PTSD. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
When sharing her life story, including a Veteran father who returned from Vietnam with PTSD and her own experience as an inner city paramedic and firefighter being shot and stabbed, led to her own challenges with PTSD, you understand what shaped such dedication and energy. After JC adopted her pug, “Tickles,” she recognized the healing benefits her canine provided her and hoped to pass this along. She wanted to embrace and comfort other military members and families living with the problems of their returning armed force members. Although Ms. Snider was successful in the corporate world, she recognized she would be happier living a life of service while creating in her own words, a “positive footprint.” In her case, maybe a better description would be pawprint!
JC found her calling with Pets for Vets. Pets for Vets philosophy creates a win-win situation. It generates second chances for both master and pet. The quality of life of a returning soldier experiencing set backs is enhanced by a companion animal that has been rescued from a shelter, rehabilitated and trained for a specific veteran at no cost to the vet. This loving, loyal, tail wagging friend can be just what the doctor ordered!
Donations and volunteers are needed to provide this opportunity for our Veterans. Helpful gift items include dog food and treats, beds, crates, and toys. Gas cards are welcomed for adoption and training travel needs. Also, if you want to volunteer your time with the convenience of being in your own location and have a computer with internet access, your help would be appreciated with clerical duties including paperwork.
I want to applaud this dynamic individual, Jennifer Snider, for bringing her love for her Vietnam Veteran Dad, Lieutenant James William Snider of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, The Walking Dead Unit, and the struggles of our veterans to the forefront through Pets For Vets. You can find out more about this worthwhile organization by visiting http://denver-co.pets-for-vets.com/.
Marine Lieutenant James William Snider
Photos added January 2, 2015
JC just saved this dog from being euthanized. She named him Chance since he and his new Veteran owner will receive a second chance at life, together.
Thank you for sharing these photos JC. This is heart warming news, and he looks like he is going to make someone very happy!