We already posted about why we're putting on this Pet Expo (HERE). We're passionate about this event for all of those reasons, plus one more. It's a big one, and it's hard to talk about.
The painful reason behind the passion that has pulled people together from all walks of life, from all over the state, to a common goal is this: Veterans commit suicide at an alarming rate. The Department of Veteran's Affair's last estimate was 22 per day.
The highest instance of suicides are within the first 3 years after the Veteran leaves military service - for reasons that are pretty easy to understand. In the military, we have structure, a purpose, comrades, we're accountable. Then suddenly, after 4 years or 20 years, we're on our own. Even without the trauma many have seen and experienced, or the injuries many have sustained, the shift to civilian life trips up the best of us.
The Eagle's Healing Nest works to help Veterans through this transition period. They work with Veterans, their families and their loved ones, with one goal - to help the Veteran with transition back to life outside the military. The Nest is an answer. The programs they offer are an answer. The help they provide is tangible, and they do save lives.
Events at the Nest aren't about the event. They're about raising awareness for the Nest, reaching more Veterans, and putting the resources in the hands of the Veterans that need them. They're about raising funds for the campus, which will create more space, which will save more lives. They're about showing the Veterans at the Nest that they are part of our community now, and our community is grateful for their service.
This very passionate "why" is why we're so grateful for everyone that has already made plans to attend the First Annual Nest Pet Expo, and why we're hoping you'll join us as well!
Owner, Off Leash K9 Training, Central MN
Operation Iraqi Freedom Army Veteran