Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined members of the 69th Infantry Regiment at the Museum of American Armor on Wednesday, January 18th, where the D’Arrigo Brothers, one of the nation’s largest distributors of fresh fruits and vegetables, presented a $15,000 check to Paws of War to underwrite the cost of training service dogs to assist veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “Nassau County is most appreciative of the work that Paws of War does by providing support dogs to our veterans. This provides them needed assistance to help them cope with war related issues which they are dealing with,” said County Executive Mangano. “However, Paws of War can’t do it alone. It is vital that corporate citizens follow the generous example of D’Arrigo Brothers of New York and lend a helping hand.”
The D’Arrigo Brothers’ $15,000 donation will allow Paws of War to identify veterans and match them with a dog that will meet their needs and assist in their treatment and rehabilitation. Veterans meet their dogs, who then undergo an intensive training program administered and supervised by the experts at Paws of War.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs of 750,000 veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, approximately 100,000 sought mental health care. Half of those were diagnosed with PTSD. V.A. statistics show that nationwide more than 20 veterans a day commit suicide. In 2014, the latest year for which data is available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Researchers say that the risk of suicide for veterans is 21% higher when compared to civilian adults.
Pictured from left to right: Lynne Schoepfer, trainer, Paws of War; Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano; Gabriela D’Arrigo, Marketing and Communications Director, D’Arrigo Brothers of NY; Dori Scofield, Co-Founder of Paws of War; and U.S. Navy Veteran Rob Carrozzo with his dog Lucy.