Pat Hairston | Canines For Veterans
Canines for Veterans is a non-profit organization that provides service dogs at no-cost to wounded warriors and veterans suffering from PTSD.
The training of a Canines for Veterans service dog takes about one year. Rescue dogs are trained by re-integrating veterans and learn over 90 commands including basic obedience, intermediate skills like retrieving items, and advanced skills such as opening doors.
The organization serves veterans from all conflicts/wars with service connected disabilities. Known as the “triple win” the Canines for Veterans program has twice been awarded a Newman’s Own Award for program innovations supporting our military and their families, is approved by the US Department of Labor as an apprenticeship program, and was named a Joining Forces Community Challenge finalist.
Launched in 2008, the program runs entirely on private donations. The program operated at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune until August 31, 2010. The program operated from September 1, 2010 to June 24, 2015 from the Navy Consolidated Brig, Charleston, South Carolina. It currently operates from the organization's headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina.