As I’m sure you’ve probably noticed, we’re big fans of our four-legged friends here at Virgin America and the talented K-9s over at America’s VetDogs® are no exception.
Loving families across the U.S. raise these pups until they’re old enough to attend a rigorous training program. Graduates go on to serve as guide dogs for the blind, service dogs for the disabled, physical therapy dogs to work with amputees, and combat stress relief dogs to be deployed overseas.
Dan Lasko, a former marine, served in Afghanistan for a month when seriously injured in the line of duty. While he was fortunate to survive, doctors were unable to save his leg. Since that time, Dan has been paired with one of America’s VetDogs who assists him with his normal day-to-day activities. ”My dog provides retrieval when I drop things, and balance support, especially when I’m not wearing my prosthetic leg. It’s great having him, not only for the physical things he does, but also for the unconditional love and emotional support. When I wake up in the morning, he’s there for me.”
This Veteran’s Day, we’d would like to take a moment and honor all of our troops, past and present. To commemorate this day, we invite you to join us in supporting the good work our friends at America’s VetDogs: www.vetdogs.org.
On behalf of all of our teammates at Virgin America, thank you for your service. We salute you.
America’s VetDogs® began in 2003 as a part of the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind to recognize the sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform. Today, it serves as the only not-for-profit whose sole mission is to provide assistance dogs to disabled veterans, active service personnel, and the military. VetDogs is dedicated to helping those who have served our country honorably to live again with dignity and independence. Their services are provided at no cost to the veteran, and include a lifetime of aftercare. They are entirely supported thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations.