Evansville nonprofit raises money for two veterans’ service dogs
EVANSVILLE, Indiana (WFIE) – Two local veterans are in need of assistance dogs and a nonprofit in Evansville is trying to make it happen.
Battlefield 22 is an Evansville-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping military veterans and first responders. The group’s final mission is to provide assistance dogs for two veterans.
Greg Peete, Founder and Director, says service dogs help veterans cope with PTSD.
“A service dog is like a child,” said Peete. “I mean it’s really because now you have someone who is 100% dependent on you, and you have to keep them alive. And in return, they will do anything to keep you alive.
Peete, who served in the military for ten years, explains that service dogs help veterans develop a routine.
“My dog was the reason I got up every morning,” Peete said. “He would come in and I should see him.” I had to take it out to go to the bathroom. I should take them for a walk. He made me get up and start moving.
The non-profit organization posted the fundraiser on Facebook and PayPal. The group has already received more than $ 800 in donations on Facebook. But Peete says they’ll need a lot more than that.
“These dogs cost between $ 15,000 and $ 20,000 fully trained,” said Peete.
The cost includes travel expenses so that the veteran can meet the dog in advance.
Peete says that even if they don’t reach their goal, he won’t let this project fail.
“If that means taking out a small personal loan and paying it out of pocket, that’s what we’re going to have to do,” Peete said.
Peete says he is grateful to the community for all the support so far.
“There are a lot of people I know in the Vanderburgh County area who really have a passion for veterans,” said Peete. “And we saw that it continued to be shared.”
If you have any questions about the donation, you can contact Peete here.
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