Warrior Games

Why I’m Still Here

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I’ll always be involved with service dogs, especially for veterans, but I can’t promise you’ll see me here writing about it.

It’s simply too important an issue not to be involved, and is bigger than any one of us individually or all of us combined. But my focus professionally is shifting a little because I’m now actively pursuing a veterans affairs director position at a college or university.

I had a military friend of mine tell me a few months ago that “You’re the lighthouse. There are thousands of people out there looking for what … Read More

The Two Things You Need To Know If You’re Looking For A Service Dog

Jason Morgan with his Canine Companions for Independence service dog Napal and the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen Jim Amos at Warrior Games.

Air Force team members with Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen Jim Amos, at the Warrior Games opening day volleyball match with Prince Harry. L to R, Jason Morgan and his CCI Service Dog Napal, Gen Amos, Steve Otero, and Jeanne Goldy-Sanitate. Photo from Bonnie Amos, First Lady of the Marine Corps, Facebook page.

In my last post I discussed the two most common myths that keep someone from applying for a Canine Companions for Independence assistance dog, and said that next I’d talk about what you need to do once you get past those … Read More

The Two Biggest Myths That Keep Someone From Applying For A Canine Companions Service Dog

Jason Morgan and his Canine Companions for Independence service dog Napal lead Air Force athletes into the 2013 Warrior Games Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado May 11, 2013. Department of Defense photo by EJ Hersom.

Jason Morgan and his CCI Service Dog Napal lead the Air Force team into the Warrior Games Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Training Center. DoD photo by EJ Hersom.

This is another one I’m sure I’ve written about before, but that can’t be said enough, since it’s a “known”, a constant, and I run into it pretty much daily.

I hear people say all the time they want to see more veterans with Canine Companions for Independence service dogs. Well, if you want more veterans to have CCI dogs, you have to get more veterans … Read More

Canine Companions For Independence Assistance Dog Teams At Warrior Games 2013

Army Lt Col David Rozelle and his Canine Companions for Independence Service Dog Domi

David Rozelle and his Service Dog Domi

The fourth annual Warrior Games just finished up five days ago, and I’m still a little tired. And I was just watching, plus I live here. I can’t imagine what it’s like for the athletes, coming here from all over (including the UK this year), competing, doing interviews, going to meetings, just trying to find time to eat – and all at 6000+ feet altitude, which most of them aren’t used to.

I’ve been to all four and written here about the previous three, and it’s always an … Read More

Warrior Games Recognition Ceremony

Canine Companions for Independence Marine graduate Lance Weir, service dog Auggie, and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

The 2012 Warrior Games Recognition Ceremony was held at the Pentagon yesterday afternoon. I’m fortunate to know a few people who were there, including my good friend Lance Weir and his fantastic Canine Companions for Independence service dog Auggie, pictured above with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

That picture is a cropped version of this outstanding photo of the entire group. To really get the full effect, click on it for the giant hi-res version.

Canine Companions for Independence Marine graduate Lance Weir, service dog Auggie, front and center with 2012 Warrior Games honorees and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, center, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, far left, pose for a Read More