LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas foundation that focuses on helping veterans through service animals, is seeking to make East Texas their permanent home.
The "For Veteran's Sake" foundation has been making regular trips to East Texas to help veterans who suffer from PTSD and other mental health problems through their program of training service dogs for each veteran.
Now they're looking to make East Texas their permanent home.
In a meet and greet at Longview's Trade Days, members of the foundation let the public get to mingle with their service dogs. and announced their plan to stay permanently.
"With our travels going back and forth, basically being here and falling in love with the people and the support here, it's logistically the most sensible place to be.
And help a lot more veterans than a trip this way and another one this way," says foundation director Monte Hudson.
The group is looking at property for a home office and those who have joined the effort see its value.
"As an army mom it's important to me because if something happened to my son if he were off to war and came back with PTSD, somebody would be there to help him," says foundation marketing specialist Liza Stanley.
Using dogs like army veteran Ruger, and even arctic wolves, the therapy has astounding results.
"Our objective is the veterans, first responders, gold star parents. We want to get out to that veterans community that we can serve," Hudson says.
Many times using their own money to fund the effort. they say it's worth it.
"Sometimes we'll have a vet come up and just stand there and say thank you," says Hudson.
Foundation members will be on hand Sunday at trade days and will have a booth at September's 'Gregg county fair' at the Longview Fairgrounds.