Sirius Federal recently kicked off our partnership with America’s VetDogs (AVD)—a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to providing enhanced mobility and renewed independence to United States veterans, active-duty service members and first responders with disabilities, allowing them to live with pride and self-reliance.

As Sirius Federal’s business is largely focused on supporting federal defense, civilian and intelligence agencies, America’s VetDogs’ veteran-focused mission is near and dear to Sirius Federal’s culture. During an in-person and virtual event held last week to kick off our partnership, Sirius Federal employees participated in a lunch-and-learn presentation to better understand AVD’s mission and how they use donations and volunteer support to fuel their cause.

“America's VetDogs was honored to participate in this program and share how our network of over 1,600 volunteers raises future service dogs and funds to continue our mission to help every veteran or first responder in need,” said Jennifer Gisler, chief growth officer for AVD. “We are thankful to the Sirius Federal team, which was engaged and asked impactful questions.”

AVD specializes in placing highly skilled service and guide dogs to individuals with physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hearing and vision loss, and seizures, as well as facility dogs that are used in the rehabilitation process at military and VA hospitals.

Two of the puppies-in-training in attendance—Alba and Jackson.

The Sirius Federal team also heard from Joe Worley, a U.S. Navy veteran whose life changed when he met his first service dog, Benjamin, who helped Joe cope—both physically and mentally—with adjusting to civilian life after he lost his left leg while serving in Iraq. Joe’s story was an inspiration and a true testament to how these service and guide dog programs help our country’s service men and women with life after serving.

U.S. Navy Veteran Joe Worley and his current America’s VetDogs service dog, Galaxie.

The AVD staff educated our team on how to become a volunteer puppy raiser who helps train and house puppies before they’re paired with their long-term handler or partner. Visit the AVD website to learn more about how you can donate your time or money to their service and guide dog programs for veterans and first responders.

Sirius Federal is honored to begin its partnership with AVD and looks forward to participating in future events to help spread awareness and host fundraising opportunities. Learn more about our community involvement mission to support and serve local causes, here.

About the Author: Charlotte Schuster
Charlotte Schuster, corporate communications specialist at Sirius Federal.

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