FALLBROOK – Shelter for Soldiers, located in Oceanside, has the mission of "Saving Lives, Two at a Time." They take specially selected homeless dogs from shelters, train them for a year to 18 months to become service dogs, and place them with a post 911 combat veteran suffering from PTSD or TBI.
Dogs who are not able to complete the service dog training go on to become emotional support animals and are placed as companions with active duty military or veterans recommended by a mental health professional. They say that 23 vets and one active duty person commit suicide every day. It is believed that these rescued dogs save human lives.
The nonprofit Fallbrook Blanket Project donated 25 twin size blankets, Afghans and lap blankets to veterans known to this group and another 12 blankets for their August fundraiser.
Anyone who wishes to knit or crochet may come any Monday between 10 a.m. and noon to join the group in the vestibule of Living Waters Church on Reche Road. They have fun chatting while they work, learn new stitches from one another and know that they are helping someone else by donating whatever they create to Fallbrook and North County charities. To donate yarn or financial support, contact them at [email protected].
Submitted by Fallbrook Blanket Project.