St. Petersburg, FL – Lt. Col. (Ret.) Kathy Champion and her guide dog Angel will be honored by the Bob Woodruff Foundation on November 3rd during a star-studded “Stand Up for Heroes” dinner in New York.
Champion and two other veterans are being heralded for their work to help other wounded warriors “pay it forward” and improve their lives. Champion has been working hard to spread the word about the program that helped her deal with the consequences of vision loss and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), giving her back her independence - Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Paws for Patriots™ program.
Southeastern’s Paws for Patriots™ program partners visually impaired veterans with professionally trained guide dogs. The organization also trains guide dogs for veterans with multiple disabilities. In addition to providing guide dogs to blinded soldiers, the organization provides companion service dogs to veterans suffering the consequences of PTSD and has placed facility therapy dogs at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD to spread encouragement to soldiers as they recover from their injuries. Southeastern receives no government funding and supplies the dogs at no charge to the recipients, thanks to the support of generous donors.
The following morning, Champion will be interviewed by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America, take a tour of the city and place a wreath at Ground Zero.
About Southeastern Guide Dogs: Established in 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs’ mission is to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. Through their programs Paws for Independence™, Paws for Patriots™, and Gifted Canines™ they have more than 700 active guide dog teams across the nation and continue to add more than 70 teams annually, all at no charge to the guide dog recipient, thanks to the generous support of donors and volunteers. Visit www.guidedogs.org for further information.