This past year, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) was pleased to support Paws for Patriots in conjunction with FAR,” said Bill Filbin, President of the MIAAOR, and a veteran himself. “Keep in Touch was kind enough to help us get the word out and set up a place where anyone could make a donation.” Jiri Mikulinec and Mike Held, co-owners of Keep In Touch, commented they were pleased to help such a worthy program. Mike is also a veteran. He turned over a check to Bill for the donations collected, plus some.
The Paws for Patriots program has dogs which are trained for three different levels of service:
• Guide dogs for the visually impaired veteran which includes a 26 day training program for the veteran at their facility with certified trainers.
• Veteran Assistance Dogs are taught specialized commands which help in a variety of ways including reintegration into everyday living and personal security.
• Facility Therapy Dogs spend their days with a volunteer handler amidst wounded warriors recovering at military hospitals and veterans’ medical centers.
‘Paws for Patriots’ believe doctors heal the body while their dogs help heal the soul.