The mission of Angel Canines for Wounded Warriors (ACWW) is to insure that all ill or injured veterans in need of assistance from a service dog will receive free air transportation to a vetted service dog organization.
There, the veteran will be matched with a dog trained to adapt to his or her specific medical condition and will undergo training to build a mutually trusting relationship. ACWW understands the profound healing that is developed in this partnership.
The wounded warrior now has a reason to get up, a trusted responsibility to manage, and the confidence that comes from the service dog's special abilities. Together, they can navigate the challenges of life toward a hopeful future.
Funds, if available, may be used for other wounded warrior priority medical or rehabilitative travel.
"An estimated one in five veterans deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 has or will develop post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression." This figure, reported recently in the New York Times, is a major reason Angel Canines for Wounded Warriors was established in 2009. The article continues: "What these service men and women need is a service dog."
Whether they suffer from PTSD, mobility disorders, blindness, loss of hearing, amputations, or an illness or disease that makes it difficult to manage day-to-day living, our nation's heroic veterans can count on ACWW to provide free air transportation to a vetted service dog facility.
ACWW is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Partnering with American Airlines through their Veterans Initiative program, we receive requests for assistance from service dog organizations and individuals. Our mission coordinator arranges the round-trip flights. In the words of a grateful client: "Thank you for helping me by flying me and my service dog to required training. Without your help and assistance it would have been a great hardship for me to even have a service dog. May God bless you all."