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Because two major Army installations lie near us - Fort Knox and Fort Campbell - our motto is "Healing Vets (and others)...while Saving Pets." Our priority is in serving wounded warriors and their families as they return home to find normalcy in their lives. We provide service to veterans from all past conflicts, other adults such as the lonely elderly, the handicapped, and special needs children. All services are free and our funding is solely dependent upon your donations and foundation grants.
We are dedicated to local community improvement of mental health by helping relieve stress of all those who suffer with emotional or physical issues. We accomplish this with the appropriate placement of shelter animals for the companionship, love, and comfort they can provide. In essence, we seek a triple-win situation where the person wins, the pet wins, and the shelter wins. We also facilitate equine therapy to help with psychological or physiological healing when appropriate and at accredited facilities where locally available.
We are an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity whose services are free. Funding is totally dependent on your donations and foundation grants.
We were founded in May 2012 in Hardin County, Kentucky located near Ft. Knox and presently consist of 4 directors:
(1) Roger E. Biesel, the Founder and CEO, a 43- year career Defense Department civilian who retired in 2007 with a parallel career in the Active Army/Active Reserve and was retired in 1995 as a Full-Colonel with 35-years of military service. He and Joan, his lifetime wife have three adult daughters and five grandsons; (2) Leon E. Faulk, retired Army & recipient of the Silver Star for Valor, present Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and founder of the Vietnam Veterans Association serving nearby Fort Knox. He and his wife Isa have two grandchildren who they are raising; and (3) Phyllis K Lonneman, Hardin County's most prominent female attorney. Along with a busy distinguished private law practice, she presently serves at the County juvenile and drug courts. (4) Maureen J. O'Brien, lead-therapist at Ft. Knox Army Hospital's TBI Clinic. She is a skilled animal therapist who over the past several years has been responsible for using small animal therapy and has helped save the lives of countless PTSD/TBI sufferers.