Army Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford and his service dog attended President Obama’s fifth State of The Union Address

Published: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

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Established in 2011 K9s For Warriors, founded by Shari Duval (wife of PGA Tour golfer Bobby Duval), trains and provides service dogs to returning warriors suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). After meeting specific standards, dogs, former rescue/shelter dogs, are paired with warriors and veterans based upon his/her special needs and the special tasks the dog has been trained to perform. After a three-week stay at the facility in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, (which includes housing, meals and training) the veteran and their dog graduate from the program and return home together. One in six veterans suffering from PTSD will suffer from suicidal thoughts and tendencies, with more than 184 veterans diagnosed with PTSD each day. K9s For Warriors is supported by Birdies for the Brave, Warrior Gateway, Hope for the Warriors and many other fine veteran’s organizations.  For more information, visit

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