Alpha Bravo Canine is a non-profit organization that was established by a dynamic mother-son duo, committed to alleviating the daily burdens of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) with the assistance of trained service dogs. Meet Kevin, one half of this dynamic duo and a former United States Marine who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. His passion and dedication inspired him to continue his service to his fellow soldiers upon arrival back home. He currently works as the Veteran Coordinator at Alpha Bravo Canine and acts as the liaison between the veterans and their dog trainers.
To gain a better understanding of some of the incredible services that Alpha Bravo Canine offers, we interviewed Kevin for details:
Why the name Alpha Bravo Canine?
Well, for weeks, I sat around trying to think of a good name that incorporated both the military aspect and dogs. Every time I thought I had a winner, I would google it, and sure enough, there would be an organization somewhere in the country with its name. The military uses the Phonetic Alphabet, so all I did was change "Charlie" to Canine. Alpha Bravo Charlie - Alpha Bravo Canine. Genius right? I thought so.
When did you officially start working directly with a dog? How did this form of therapy become a viable option for you?
I got out of the Marines in 2013, and my mom took me on a few different dog training lessons with her and I was able to smile for the first time in a long time. In early 2015, our dreams became a reality when I met a veteran with all the same problems as me. We started training his Husky, "Diesel" to be a service dog. Even though it wasn't my dog, it was therapeutic for me to be around the two of them and help. After that, I knew a service dog would be in my future.
What does your service dog mean to you?
When I look in the eyes of a service dog, I see love and hope. It's as if when I'm leaving that veteran after a training session, they are giving me a confirmation nod and saying, "don't worry, I got him." A service dog is the battle buddy some guys might need trying to readjust to the civilian world.
What do you hope to achieve through this organization?
The possibilities are endless. First of all, if you didn't know, twenty two veterans commit suicide on a daily basis. That is not an exaggeration. Twenty two veterans who put their life on the line for this country and the preservation of freedom, take their lives every day. That's twenty two guys every day who thought they had absolutely no other way around their injuries. I aim to prove that no one who comes through our organization will resort to that measure. Not only will they have gained an awesome service dog to assist them in daily living, they will have gained another brotherhood to reach out to if they ever feel down, or just want to share a great part of their day.
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