Mission Statement for LCSDFV:
Provide support for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs (GAMSD) to build a Campus in Western Pennsylvania to breed and train medical service dogs to those who suffer from physical or cognitive Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) or Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) with special focus on men and women who are veterans of United States Military Service.
Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans is focused on the needs of our Service Veterans will have by 2024, or sooner, have met the financial goal of $15-20 million, sufficient to fund of a new fully built campus in Western Pennsylvania for the breeding, raising and training of dogs capable of assisting up to 60 recipients per year. The campus will double the number of dogs bred and trained at GAMSD’s Florida campus and contain the most necessary and modern facilities and equipment to most efficiently prepare GAMSD’s dogs.
A BIT ABOUT US
“Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans” – it’s all in our name. It’s in our blood, it’s in our soul, to help our veterans by placing them in the care of a medical service dog that went through an extensive training program (cost $25,000).
All dogs are special, but ours are even more so, which is why we’re offering them a home, and place them in the care of some of the most deserving people, our veterans, who were always ready to sacrifice themselves for our safety and wellbeing.
We give our dogs to the most deserving people, because the aftermath
of war comes with deep wounds, physical, mental and/or emotional
and the soul doesn’t escape untouched either as many come back with
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Mobility
issues that manifest through numerous debilitating ways. Flashbacks of the
life-threatening events, antisocial behavior, feelings of detachment and
having a hard time to feel like they belong, and shame and survivor guilt
keep our veterans from enjoying the beauty of life and be the people they
want to be. Our dogs help them cope and re-shape themselves as human
The Veterans’ Administration estimates that 20 veterans commit suicide
every day. No veteran who has received a service dog from our partner,
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. (GAMSD) has committed suicide. Guardian Angels is a non-profit organization dedicated to breeding, raising, training, and then donating highly skilled service dogs for vets with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. They are the people who prepare the dogs for changing the lives of veterans.
We know we can’t do it all by ourselves. We survive and thrive and set our veterans on a journey to recovery thanks to the help and support of many donors and sponsors. Join us in helping our veterans find
support and trust in the dog we pair them with.
Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans (LCSDFV) was born from a partnership with Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc (GAMSD). We are a volunteer group of committed individuals who honor and respect veterans and we meet monthly to update funds, fundraise and set plans for future.
While drug and therapy help, our medical service dogs offer something no medicine or therapy can; all their time and attention focused on veteran needs. Our work is quick and effective. Our dogs assist them in mitigating the effects of their injury, reducing their dependence on chemical treatments, and helping them live their lives with independence and self-worth. It’s not a miracle, but it’s the closest thing we’ve seen to one.
All our volunteers' passion and ambition is invested in our dogs. Their training program takes 2 years. Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs trains each dog for their intended human’s needs. Whether they are suffering from TBI, PTSD, seizure disorder, mobility issues, insulin imbalances, physical injuries or a combination of these, the service dog is trained to face each issue the veteran faces.
Everything we do is 100% reliant on private grants, donations and sponsors with the LCSDFV board made up of 100% volunteers. In our beginning, we wanted to raise enough money to provide 22 service dogs at a cost of $22,000 each in 22 months. But because of the most generous support of hundreds of individual donors and sponsors that goal has been far exceeded. We raised enough money to pay for seventy dogs. Through the love and kindness of people we managed to gather an incredible amount of $1,500,000!
Our journey continues as we keep helping veterans and shaping their lives through the support, kindness and love of incredible people. As we build our new Western Pennsylvania Campus, this location will double our ability/capacity to train more medical service dogs for veterans in need.
Major Donors and Supporters of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs through
Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans
Allegheny Financial Group
Bill and Gay Stewart
David and Gay Travaglio
Duquesne University Community
Fairbanks Family Fund
Harry Panos Fund
James and Audrey Hohman
Scott Noxon Fund
Veterans Cable Services