WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, June 27, 2023 — Today, American Humane, the country’s first national animal welfare organization, is partnering with Ultra Intelligence & Communications (Ultra I&C) to help spread awareness about the Pups4Patriots Program. The lifesaving initiative finds dogs in search of forever homes and trains them to be lifesaving service animals for veterans with post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury. From June 27 to 29, Mike—who built a career in law enforcement after serving in the U.S. Armed Forces—will be with his four-legged companion, Justice, at the Modern Day Marine Expo to share their experience with the Pups4Patriots Program.
“For many brave returning military heroes, returning to civilian life is the beginning of yet another daunting battle,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane. “So many of our veterans come home with invisible wounds of war that can lead to a life of struggle. Fortunately, service dogs and our Pups4Patriots Program have emerged as a beacon of hope. We are so incredibly thankful to sponsors like Ultra I&C who help bring the healing powers of a wagging tail to more veterans in need.”
Veterans struggling with the invisible wounds of war are too often left to deal with the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury alone. That can lead to depression, social isolation and, unfortunately, suicide. Research shows that service dogs can be incredible companions to our returning heroes, helping to reduce stress and anxiety levels, mitigate depression, ease social reintegration, provide comfort, and restore confidence.
That’s what the Pups4Patriots Program is all about. American Humane offers exceptionally trained service dogs to veterans in need, at absolutely no cost to the former service member. American Humane oversees intensive hands-on training sessions to cultivate the important connection between the veteran and his or her new service dog. The program has provided four-legged companions and training to more than 200 veterans across the country, with the support of donors and sponsors like Ultra I&C.
“My life really began to go off the rails when I retired and had time to process my experience in the military and in law enforcement,” said Mike, a veteran who participated in the Pups4Patriots program. “Reality hit me hard and I became introverted, depressed, and anxious. But now, after going through the Pups4Patriots program with my dog Justice, my life has turned around for the better. I couldn’t speak more highly of American Humane and their work to connect people like me to four-legged companions.”
“It is our honor and privilege to support American Humane’s Pups4Patriots,” said Jon Rucker, CEO of Ultra Intelligence and Communications. “Every servicemember who has selflessly dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom deserves our utmost gratitude, and support when needed. By partnering with American Humane, we aim to support their work that matches a lifesaving companion with those who have served our nation and suffer with post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury. At Ultra Intelligence and Communications, we want to make a meaningful difference and will continue to champion programs like Pups4Patriots.”
ABOUT AMERICAN HUMANE:
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare, helping to verify the humane treatment of more than one billion animals across the globe each year. Founded in 1877, American Humane has been First to Serve™ the cause of animals and for 145 years has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in the humane movement. For more information or to support our lifesaving work, please visit www.AmericanHumane.org, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our channel on YouTube for the latest breaking news and features about the animals with whom we share our Earth.
ABOUT ULTRA INTELLIGENCE & COMMUNICATIONS:
Ultra Intelligence & Communications (Ultra I&C) has generations of experience fielding tactical communications, command and control, and cyber security technologies for the most challenging defense applications. Ultra I&C solutions connect the multi-domain battlespace and ensure secured information advantage in high-threat environments. For more information, visit www.ultra.group/intelligence-communications.