After extensive research, the Class of '79 Charitable Giving Committee (Kate Roach Ballew, Joe Pellerito, and Rhonda Grimshaw Bueche) has chosen America's VetDogs as the charity that the GPS Class of '79 will support in honor of our 30th Year Reunion. "America's VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that works with veterans of all eras, and with the military, to meet the need for innovative assistance dog training. They provide guide dogs for veterans who are blind; service dogs for those with disabilities other than blindness; physical therapy dogs to work with amputees in military and VA hospitals; and combat stress relief dogs to be deployed overseas with combat stress control teams." Their mission statement is "To help those who have served our country honorably live with dignity and independence." Click on their logo above or below to learn more.
1) Click on the America's VetDogs logo below.
2) Click on "Donate Now" on left side of their home page.
3) Click where it says "Please click here if you want to donate online"
4) Click on the "Order" button for "Donations in increments of $1". Choose the amount you wish to donate. The unit price is $1, so if you want to donate $100, you would pick 100 as the quantity. The page will read Guide Dog Foundation because the Guide Dog Foundation is the parent organization of America's VetDogs and handles the donation process. All funds donated for America's VetDogs are used for assistance dogs for veterans.
5) In the "Comments" section at the very bottom of the form, please be sure to note that you are a member of the GPS Class of 1979. (America's VetDogs donation page IS a secure website, even though "https" does not show in all browser address displays. This is due to how their web site re-directs you to the donation page. If you feel more comfortable, use the following link which will display the "https":
You just need to change the amount you wish to contribute. And, again, don't forget to mention in the very last "Comments" box that you are a member of the GP South Class of 1979)
What Your Dollars Can Do
It is an intensely rewarding experience to donate at any level. A contribution at any level will help offset the cost of boarding the dog while in training, lifetime of aftercare, veterinary care, trainer in-home training and follow-up visits, just to name a few. Your donation gives the gift of safety, mobility, independence and companionship to America’s severely wounded heroes who would benefit from the use of a guide or service dog. See below our Progress Thremometer for descriptions of Sponsorship levels
$30,000 - VetDog and Soldier/Veteran Team Sponsorships
Supports the individualized training of the VetDog and the training of the Soldier/Veteran VetDog team. VetDogs typically receive four to six months of specialized training prior to being assigned to the soldier/veteran. Upon assignment, the dog/veteran team together complete a rigorous 5 days – 26 days training period for guide or service dog training. Contributors will have the opportunity to put their name or logo on the VetDogs jacket, and receive a framed certificate of recognition, acknowledgement in and receive a copy of the VetDogs Hall of Heroes yearbook and commemorative dog tags
$15,000 - America’s VetDogs Graduate Speakers Program
Covers in part the cost of providing speakers stipends for veterans or wounded military personnel (including travel, scheduling, training and supervision). Many of our graduates have compelling stories to tell. Disabled veterans are frequently unemployed. The stipends will give them a sense of dignity, productivity and self worth while enabling them to help other disabled veterans. You will be acknowledged in and receive a copy of the VetDogs Hall of Heroes yearbook and commemorative dog tags.
$5,000 -Veterans Class Sponsorship
As a sponsor of one of our many veterans classes held throughout the fiscal year (July 1st – June 30th) you will be acknowledged in and receive a copy of the VetDogs Hall of Heroes yearbook and commemorative dog tags.
$2,500 - Welcome the Troops.
Supports a “Meet and Greet”. At each “Meet and Greet”, over 100 returning and deployed military personnel traveling through the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport are welcomed by the GDF Puppy Raisers. Your name will be included in signage at the airport and you will receive a group photo of the veterans you welcome home. VetDogs is looking to expand this program to Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. The Dallas/ Fort Worth and Atlanta Airports are gateway cities for the transportation of military personnel.
$1,000 + VetDogs Independence Tribute
Contributors of $1,000 or more can be made in honor of someone special. In recognition of your special contribution, your designated honoree will receive a special certificate of honor, a beautiful personalized desk accessory and listing on the Honor Roll of VetDogs Independence Tribute members.
$1,000 + VetDogs Noble Animal Friend
You can commemorate your favorite animal as a VetDog Noble Animal Friend. In recognition of your special contribution you will receive a special certificate of honor, and a beautiful personalized picture frame to display your favorite photograph of your Noble Animal Friend. In addition your Noble Animal Friend’s name will be listed on an attractive brick that will be a part of the Foundation’s Pet Parkway on our Smithtown campus.