K9 PARTNERS FOR PATRIOTS INC

Battling Today for Veterans to Live a Better Tomorrow

Brooksville, FL   |  https://K9PartnersForPatriots.com/

Mission

To give veterans and active military a second chance at life by honoring and empowering those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma through the experience of training and caring for their own service dog.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder / Director of Training Operations

Mary Peter

Main address

15322 Aviation Loop Dr.

Brooksville, FL 34604 USA

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EIN

47-1871810

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

K9 Partners for Patriots is addressing the military and veteran suicide epidemic. We believe that all ideas to protect these brave men and women should be on the table. Our low-risk, high-reward potential solution is pairing veterans with service dogs who are specially trained to mitigate post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and military sexual trauma which commonly affect ex-service members and contribute to suicide. Service dogs can be trained to perform countless tasks that mitigate these conditions, grounding handlers during a stressful episode, aiding with memory-related tasks, and even waking their handler from nightmares.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Veteran Service Dog Training Program

We rescue homeless dogs and teach veterans and active duty service members struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) to train them to be their own service animals. The 21-week training course, dog, and all necessary equipment are provided to them at absolutely no charge.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of homeless dogs rescued for service dog training for veterans with PTSD

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans, People with disabilities

Related Program

Veteran Service Dog Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of homeless/shelter dogs adopted from homeless shelters and rescues since inception in 2014.

Total number of veterans with PTSD applied to the service dog training program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Veteran Service Dog Training Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of veterans with PTSD that have applied to the program for service dog training since inception in 2014.

Total number of veterans with PTSD graduated from service dog training program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Veteran Service Dog Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric represents the number of veterans that have graduated from the service dog training program since inception in 2014.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The national suicide rate among veterans, according to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, is 20 per day, and tragically that climbs even higher among veterans with PTSD. That number must be curbed and at K9 Partners for Patriots we understand the urgency and the severity of PTSD that pushes too many veterans to choices from which there is no recovery.

K9 Partners for Patriots is determined to assist every veteran whose medical condition(s) qualify him or her and let them know they have a family here of veterans who've traveled the same road and are working together with their service dogs on a path forward.

We're hoping to show the Dept. of Veterans Affairs that when veterans have the opportunity to train together with their own service dog in a conducive environment, the positive changes that result demonstrate a highly effective treatment for PTSD; and, what may also be a significant alternative to Rx medications.

We have a plan in place to acquire dogs that qualify to be trained as service dogs. (They are temperament tested and also must be able to alert positively to the scent of adrenaline.)

We offer a 21-week training program created by a nationally known expert who is also a Certified Master Dog Trainer (CMDT) with over 32 years of professional K9 training experience.

Our results are well-documented and are the subject of ongoing analysis by experts Dr. James Whitworth at the University of Central Florida to provide ongoing in-depth program evaluation assessing the outcomes of their service dog training programs for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Whitworth and K9 Partners for Patriots are also assisting researchers from the University of South Florida in evaluating similar programs for the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Participants in the service dog training complete assessments at multiple points before, during, and after their participation to measure how they are responding to the program.

K9 Partners for Patriots has also actively participated in and supported two independent studies conducted by Dr. Whitworth and Dr. Scotland-Coogan at Saint Leo University. Findings from the program evaluation and these independent studies, in combination with results from two other recently published controlled investigations, provide evidence supporting the endorsement and use of service dog programs as helpful complementary or alternative treatment options for some veterans with PTSD.

Using both qualitative & quantitative data we hope to continue to receive grant funding from the Dept. of Defense and are currently under review for the same.

We have also developed a program to "train the trainers" and are creating an "Aftercare" program for veterans who graduate from the 21-week training program and are interested in pursuing new goals such as education; employment, community projects; hobbies, etc. that further enable re-engagement with society.

In Mary Peter, the founder, Director of Training Operations, and Certified Master Dog Trainer, we have a leader who's dedication and care for veterans is unmatched. She oversees the program's exceptional training of veterans together with their service dogs; as well as the ongoing development of additional trainers.

We have a fully engaged Board of Directors; and, dedicated staff, and numerous volunteers; each with considerable professional experience in many business areas that are essential to the operation of an efficient nonprofit organization.

K9 Partners for Patriots has a deep understanding of the need to assist and support veterans after they complete training because their needs are likely to change. Nonetheless, we know we are helping them manage their PTSD; we have not cured it. 

What began with one veteran is now a group of over 430 active veterans whose lives have been profoundly and positively impacted by their work & training together with service dogs here at K9P4P.

We are still developing a very important component that we believe is essential for continuous progress, and that is the "Aftercare" program. We are surveying veterans and working with St. Leo University, which is well known for the education programs it offers for all service members, both Active Duty and veterans.

Within the resources, funding parameters, and physical environment in which we currently operate, we are eager to help our veterans strive to achieve their next goal; whatever that may be.

And, we are eager to assist others in the public & private sector to understand and perhaps replicate what we do to share the success our veterans have found.

Financials

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K9 PARTNERS FOR PATRIOTS INC

Board of directors
as of 12/06/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Col. Dave Apt

Jeanne White

K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc.

Jenn Licata

K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc.

Dave Apt

Dave Lambert

Ron Flaville

K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc.

Barry Buchmiller

Mary Peter

K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc.

Organizational demographics

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