GI’s Executive Director Lee Sechrist and the President of Texas A&M’s Gratitude Initiative Student Chapter Stephanie Sechrist were invited to speak to the 150-member strong Patriot PAWS of Aggieland on Thursday evening. We couldn’t resist sharing photos of the adorable Patriot PAWS Service Dogs in training and the wonderful college students preparing these four-legged patriots to help our disabled veterans.
The chapter is a part of the national Patriot PAWS organization located in Rockwall, TX. Patriot PAWS trains and provides service dogs to disabled veterans and veterans suffering from post traumatic stress. The student chapter trains dogs for the national organization to prepare them to provide needed help and companionship to eagerly awaiting disabled veterans.
Lee spoke about the importance of the Patriot PAWS mission and the incredible impact the students are having on the lives of our disabled veterans and their families. He also touched on GI’s unique mission of supporting military and veteran children through education programming and support. Stephanie talked about the exciting projects that Gratitude Initiative Aggie Student Chapter has lined up in the coming months and how the two student organizations can work together to best meet the needs of our military and veteran families in the local community.