Latest updates and news media coverage of H4HUS canine and equine programs. Media Relations: firstname.lastname@example.org
The fine bar keeps at Le Chateau in South Salem, NY, site of our upcoming fundraiser October 10th, have given a patriotic nod to H4HUS with our very own “H4HUS Red, White and Blue martini”! This colorful cocktail will stay on the menu throughout the year, with a percentage of the proceeds going directly to H4HUS. We encourage indulging in this delicious concoction of Hypnotique, citrus vodka, lemon lime soda and grenadine…delish! For more information, please visit the Le Chateau website! Special thanks to owners, Monique Jaffre Lozach, and her daughter Lenaick Loil-Cea for making this happen.
H4HUS President, Key Burns brought light to the K2/H4HUS partnership in this article featuring K2 trainer, Scott and H4HUS spokesdog, Madonna!
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (August 21, 2014) – K2 Solutions, Inc. is proud to announce our partnership with Hearts for Heroes, an organization dedicated to assisting veterans as they re-acclimate to life after deployment. K2 trained canines have served with distinction with Marines, Soldiers and Sailors on the battlefield and have saved countless lives. K2 will continue to serve these service members upon their return home by expanding our efforts to facilitate the training of dogs that can help those coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“We are honored that Hearts4Heroes has selected K2 to assist them in selecting and training the right dogs to help Veterans suffering from the effects of PTSD,” states Lane Kjellsen, founder and CEO of K2 Solutions. “We began K2 in order to serve our nation’s warfighters on the battlefield, and that remains the cornerstone of our business. Now, through our involvement in helping them in their fight for health and well-being, we have come full circle in our continuing commitment to active duty service members, veterans and their families.”
K2 will be visiting “kill” shelters in North Carolina to procure suitable dogs to participate in this program. After medical evaluation, K2 trainers will train the dogs for 16 weeks of obedience and agility. Once the dogs complete this initial training, participating veterans will have a weeklong immersion program where they will be matched up with an appropriate dog. Hearts for Heroes mental health specialists will be present during all phases of the program to mark any PTSD experiences and discuss any mental or emotional issues that arise throughout this program.
Veterans who choose to continue with the program will then participate in an eight-week K2-led curriculum. The program will focus on teaching the veterans on how to train dogs, while providing them therapy at the same time. At the end of the program, veterans will take the Canine Good Citizen test with their canine partners and achieve a certificate marking the event. Veterans will then be given the option to permanently adopt their canine partner under the standard K2 Adoption Policy.
A major goal of this program is to restore some of the loss of unit, structure, camaraderie and friendship that our PTSD veterans are missing. Offering a suitable canine partner ensures we keep our veterans physically and mentally active, helping them acclimate through new connections with their canine friend.
“We are extremely fortunate to be working with K2 Solutions as we evolve the Hearts for Heroes program,” says Key Burns, founder and president of Hearts for Heroes. “The excellent work K2 provides pairs perfectly with the challenges we are addressing at H4HUS. To be able to bring our veterans together with rescue dogs in a mutually beneficial partnership provides renewed hope and second chances. This goal we can reach with the knowledge, support and commitment of the K2 staff and we are excited about a long partnership.”
For more information on the K2 Canine Training Center, please visit www.k2si.com.
For more information about H4HUS, please visit http://www.h4hus.org
About K2 Solutions, Inc.
Founded in 2003, K2 is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned company with facilities and offices in Southern Pines, Derby and Jacksonville, North Carolina. K2 provides a variety of services to the Department of Defense, as well as commercial and private industry including research and development, training for Special Operations Forces and other public safety entities; subject matter experts in counter-IED technologies and combat training; intelligence, programs of instruction for assessment and selection functions, logistics support services, and canine and handler training. The K2 Canine Training Center features 125-acres, five kennels and numerous training areas.
K2 has received multiple awards for its commitment and dedication to the employment of Veterans over the past three years. These awards include the 2010 Top Veteran Employer from the Economic Commission of the American Legion, the 2011 Veteran Employer of the Year from both the Disabled Veterans of America Department of North Carolina and the American Legion of North Carolina; and a 2012 honorable mention as Large Employer of the Year from the Disabled American Veterans Department of North Carolina. Also in 2012, K2 ranked No. 603 on the Inc. 500|5000 list of Top Fastest Growing Private Companies, and received an Inc. Hire Power Award, ranking 89th on a list that recognizes the top 100 private companies leading the way in creating American jobs.
About Hearts 4 Heroes:
“Hearts 4 Heroes”, or H4HUS, is a newly formed non-profit organization dedicated to helping US veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder through equine- and canine-assisted therapy. Time with specially trained therapy animals provides a proven source of healing in a nonjudgmental forum, allowing mental health care practitioners to help veterans process grief, loss and depression, enabling the next steps toward a bright future for these brave men and women. For more information and to find out how to contribute, go to www.hearts4heroes.us.