We are Veterans from multiple eras trying to enhance the lives of wounded Veterans by helping to return their life to as close to “Normal” as possible. This creates a “New Normal”. We are all Veterans, including our volunteer staff, most of us are Certified Dog Obedience Trainers and all of us have different experiences that when combined provide a huge knowledge base.
Only someone who has walked in the shoes of a wounded Veteran can understand what they go through when they return, different than they left.
Veterans and active duty members write a blank check to this country for “up to and including their life”. It is up to us to return the favor when they come home wounded.
These are our stories.
Timothy McDonough is a recently retired TSGT of the United States Air Force and was previously an AD2 (AW) in the US Navy. He was most recently stationed at Stewart ANGB in Newburgh, New York. He serves as the President of the Board of Directors as well as one of the Corporations Officers. He is the head service dog trainer for our program. Timothy has been partnered with his SD/PSD/CGC/PAT/TD dog Bailey for over four years now. He currently resides in Spokane Valley, Washington with his wife and six of his eight children.
Margaret McDonough is an Army Veteran and serves on the Board of Directors as the Vice-President. She has completed her CPDT through Penn Foster and is working on her Canine Good Citizen Evaluator Certification. She is the mother of eight children.
Catherine “Cathie” Griffith has spent her life standing behind her Navy Veteran. As a military spouse of 40 years, she has direct knowledge of the complex needs of the veterans we serve. She is a mother of nine, grandmother of twenty-five, and great-grandmother of one. She recently retired from the Home Ownership Coordinator for the Arc of Spokane in Spokane, Washington. Cathie serves as the Secretary for the Board of Directors. She is also a Patriot Guard Rider.
Lawrence “Larry” Griffith is a US Navy Retired LCDR Vietnam Veteran, Northeast Washington District Captain for the Washington State Patriot Guard, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather. He is an avid hunter. Larry serves on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer as well as head of our breeding program. Larry is also teamed with Gamble, SD,PSD