Adam’s Warrior Buddy Announces 5k Run, Dog Jog and Memorial Day Weekend Event

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 8 am-3 pm. Adam's Warrior Buddy and May Farms will host an annual fundraising event in Byers, CO (just East of Denver on I-70) - 5k Dog Jog, food, music, vendors, children's activities, exhibits, demos, and more


Saturday, May 28th, 2016 8 am-3 pm. Adam’s Warrior Buddy has teamed up with May Farms to create an annual fundraising event. This 5k Run and Dog Jog and family day (to include 4 legged family members) will be hosted at May Farms in Byers, CO (just East of Denver on I-70). The day will include the 5k Run, Dog Jog, food, music, vendors, children’s activities, exhibits, demos, and much more


Sponsors, Vendors and participants are need to help round out the day. Plan now to attend! For more information about this event, visit www.mayfarms.com/dog-jog/


Adam’s Warrior Buddy is a fairly new non-profit started April 2014.IT is a 501 (c) (3) organization which provides fully trained PTSD service dogs and companion dogs free of charge to veterans. It was begun after the founders youngest son was injured in Afghanistan in 2011 and required a service dog. Adam’s Warrior Buddy is 100% volunteer-based foundation with 100% of its proceeds going to provide fully-trained service dogs for veterans with PTSD and TBI.


Adam’s Warrior Buddy is a labor of love. Adam suffered an IED explosion in July 2011. He sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), PTSD as well as physical injuries. He was able to complete his tour but was not able to re-enlist due to his injuries. His parents were notified by his counselors that he might benefit from a PTSD service dog.


After many hours of research, it was discovered that almost all of the service dog companies had a long waiting list. To purchase a PTSD service dog was $10,000.00-$30,000.00. As with many Americans, this presented a great barrier. The VA currently does not provide PTSD service dogs or funding for them. A fundraisers was held in Adam’s honor and funds were raised to help with the cost.


As word spread, requests began to pour in asking to help other veterans. After many months of deliberation, the decision was made to make Adam’s Warrior Buddy a registered non-profit.


Adam’s Warrior Buddy works with the best trainers who have agreed to a cost of $10,000.00 for veterans. Adam’s Warrior Buddy currently offsets the cost by $5,000.00. The veteran is then able to pay the balance in monthly installments to the trainers according to their finances. “We hope to one day pay the entire cost of the PTSD service dog. We were able to place 3 dogs last year. We service all 50 states. Two (2) of our dogs are in Colorado and one (1) in South Dakota.” said Maria Mittelstadt – Adam’s Warrior Buddy Founder


Adam’s Warrior Buddy’s Board of Directors are veterans. Everyone on their staff including the founder, are volunteer. Currently, 90-100% of donations are applied to a PTSD service dog.


100% of the services Adam’s Warrior Buddy provides are free to the veterans and their families


PTSD service dogs provide a sense of security for the veteran, both at home and in public. The dogs are trained to “watch” the veteran’s back in public areas. They create space between the veteran and people. They wake the veteran from night terrors. They can alert the veteran to an anxiety attack. They pull veterans out of crowds or uncomfortable situations. They help reduce the intake of medications.


Some statistics:


22 veterans per day are lost to suicide.*


There are 2.3 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (compared to 2.6 who fought in Vietnam)*


At least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or depression.*


50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment.*


Out of the half that seek treatment, only half of them get “minimally adequate” treatment.* (*) indicates RAND study statistics


Maria Mittelstadt went on to say, “We at Adam’s Warrior Buddy believe we owe our veterans. We cannot leave another generation behind who so selflessly defended our nation. Adam’s Warrior Buddy takes pride in “Helping One Veteran at a Time”.”


This fund raiser will support Adam’s Warrior Buddy and includes a 5K Run, Dog Jog and Family Memorial Weekend Event Near Denver, CO. Help support the veterans.


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