PAD Program In Detroit Lakes Receives Generous Donation From Duluth Leathernecks
Carol McCarthy | Mar 12, 2018 AT 6:00 am
DETROIT LAKES, MN—Patriot Assistance Dogs do some very
important work for our veterans who have experienced post-traumatic stress. And
it’s paying off on many levels with more veterans and dogs being rescued and more
organizations and individuals making generous donations. Like the Leathernecks,
a retired Marine Corps motorcycle group, who drove over from Duluth Saturday to
present a handsome check to PAD founder Linda Wiedewitsch. Eight Leathernecks arrived around Noon to say thanks
and present the check.
(PAD Founder Linda Wiedewitsch with "Toolie" from the Leathernecks)
The Leathernecks presented a check for $4200 to the PAD program, raised through a gun raffle they held in Duluth.
The PAD program trains rescued dogs to assist military veterans who need help coping with their daily struggles. The program in Detroit Lakes founded by Linda Wiedewitsch in 2011 and has since graduated 142 teams of dog and veteran through the training. One of those graduates is Fred from Staples and his Thor, a big, beautiful, and friendly three-year-old German Shepard. Fred was an Air Force medic from 1964-1968 and has had some problems sleeping at night. He says Thor is with him all the time. Thor wakes Fred up in the morning and puts him to bed at night.
"[Thor] keeps track of the world so I don't have to." says Fred.
Another Veteran is Richard from the Akeley area who is in training with his two-year-old dog Knight. Who helps Richard deal with anxiety in public places. He heard about PAD "through the grapevine."
Richard and his husband,
Gunder, help foster dogs for the PAD program. Gunder says Emmy Ann is nearly ready to be paired with a veteran.
Wiedewitsch says the program stays afloat with donations from veterans groups, i.e. V.F.W.’s, American Legion Posts, Disabled American Veterans (DAV). She says recently a couple people have included PAD in their wills. Also, she says, the program has received a considerable trust and PAD will soon have an endowment.