Operation Warrior Shield delivers their first two companion dogs – Times Square Chronicles

Operation Warrior Shield announced today that they have delivered their first two (2) service dogs to two (2) Marines critically wounded in the Iraq/Afghan War.

David and Yellin

In partnership with the Doris Day Animal Foundation, Hope For Heroes, and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the goal is to provide uniquely trained, loving, and supportive canine companions to OWS, veterans, first responders, and their families living with physical and emotional injuries put the duty.

The Figueroa family

1966 Navy Vietnam veteran CMSgt (ret.) Edward Schloeman, President and CEO of Operation Warrior Shield, stated, “Our service dogs bring an unconditional sense of security, camaraderie, and most importantly, a special emotional support that helps Minimizing the stress and challenges our heroes face every day.”

“Our goal is to provide uniquely trained, loving, and supportive canine companions for veterans and first responders and their families living with physical and emotional injuries sustained in the line of duty,” Schloeman said. “Our service dogs unconditionally bring a sense of security, camaraderie, and most importantly, a special emotional support that helps reduce the stress and challenges our heroes face every day.”

The Labrador Retriever puppies are YELLIN and LOUIE. One is named “Yellin” (after the late WWII pilot and OWS co-founder Jerry Yellin) and the other is named “Louie” (named after the late 106-year-old WWII veteran Louis Forte).

Both dogs were trained by Hope for Heroes dog trainers Mitch Serlin and Matt Notaro. “We start at 8-week-old puppies and socialize them to various stimuli such as traffic, loud noises, crowds, public transportation and the like, while taking into account the specific lifestyle and activities of the receiving veterinarian and family,” explains Serlin. “Then we set up a bonding period for the puppy and the family.

Matt took Yellin to Marine Sgt. David Tupper and his family at their home in North Carolina and Mitch took Louie to Marine Sgt. Carlos Figueroa at his home in Texas.

OWS’ next project is a fundraiser at the Palm Beach Gardens PGA National Golf Course with golf legend Chi Chi Rodriguez on April 2ndnd

Anyone wishing to support OWS can donate online at www.operationwarriorshield.com or send a check to: 59 East 2nd Street Brooklyn NY 11218

OWS supports Veterans, First Responders and their families with various wellness programs (Yoga-Transcendental Meditation, Individualized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (ITMS), etc.) and service dogs to help those living with PTSD. They have been recognized for their work by many organizations such as NYPD, NYC Dept. of Veterans Services, David Lynch Foundation, Brooklyn Borough President, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, WABC and others.

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