On November 11, 2014, Three Dog Bakery launched our first annual Veteran’s Day Initiative to raise funds to provide veterans with service dogs. Due to the support of our customers, we were able to raise $5,000 and presented a check to F.I.S.H. – Food Industry Serving Heroes – on December 15, 2015. This donation paid for the training of two service dogs that will go to military veterans.

First Annual Veterans Day Check Presentation

From Left: Three Dog Bakery CEO, Aziz Giga, World War II Veteran Richard, FISH Founder Paul Chappa

Just before Valentine’s Day, on February 13, 2015, one of the dogs trained with the money raised by Three Dog Bakery was presented to U.S. Army Veteran Brandon Garrison. Garrison, 28, was an Automatic Logistical Specialist and was deployed to Afghanistan between 2006 and 2007. He suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), significant hearing loss, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Taz, a two-year-old Austrian Shepherd, was specially trained to meet Garrison’s needs and provide him with both daily assistance and companionship upon command. In addition to a new best friend and partner, Brandon also received a full year’s supply of Three Dog Bakery food and treats.

Three Dog Bakery President Scott Ragan thanking U.S. Army Veteran Brandon Garrison for his service and presenting him with his new Service Dog, Taz

Three Dog Bakery President Scott Ragan thanking U.S. Army Veteran Brandon Garrison for his service and presenting him with his new  Service Dog, Taz

From left: Three Dog Bakery President Scott Ragan, Service Dog Trainer from Dogs Doing Good Debbie Lange, U.S. Army Veteran and Service Dog Recipient Brandon Garrison and Fiance Katherine Williams Front: Service Dog Taz

From left: Three Dog Bakery President Scott Ragan, Service Dog Trainer from Dogs Doing Good Debbie Lange, U.S. Army Veteran and Service Dog Recipient Brandon Garrison and Fiance Katherine Williams Front: Service Dog Taz

Returning veterans face a myriad of challenges when adjusting to their post-combat lives, many of which can be aided with the use of a service dog. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the U.S. has 1.6 million veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, 21% of whom suffer a service-connected disability. Service dogs perform a multitude of tasks to help veterans find a new level of independence and people paired with them show significant improvements psychologically, socially – even economically.

Thank you to all of our customers for your support as we launched this initiative and THANK YOU to all of our veterans who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.

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