PenFed Credit Union sponsors America’s VetDogs training courses for over 30 military veterans and first responders

“PenFed remains proud to partner with America’s VetDogs, and we are honored to sponsor this important training that will allow the men and women who have served our nation to bond with their new service dogs,” he said Jacob Schenk, President and CEO of the PenFed Credit Union and CEO of the PenFed Foundation. “PenFed supports VetDogs and their work to provide veterans, active duty personnel and first responders with disabilities with increased mobility and new independence so they can live with pride and self-reliance.”

All services during classes are free for students thanks to PenFed funding.

In one of the six planned classes sponsored by PenFed, the credit union’s Puppy With A Purpose ace was placed with Robert, a Vietnam War veteran, in his forever home. For the past 14 months, Ace has been raised and trained by PenFed’s Vice President and Chief Content Officer Andrea McCarren. As part of his training, Ace has traveled with the PenFed Digital team, visiting PenFed financial centers and accompanying the team on social media content production projects.

Ace is the fourth service dog raised by McCarren and you can click here to see PenFed staff meeting Ace for the first time. During Ace’s time with the PenFed family, he was also featured in a series of educational videos teaching members about PenFed’s products and services. Ace is the seventh service dog raised by PenFed employees.

“I’m thrilled to learn that Ace has found his forever home serving a Vietnam War veteran,” McCarren said. “The PenFed team is proud of Ace and his VetDogs trainers and we look forward to seeing him enrich Robert’s life.”

America’s VetDogs and its sister organization, The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, specialize in providing highly qualified service and guide dogs to individuals with physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, hearing and vision loss, and seizure disorders. All services are provided free of charge. sully, George HW Bush’s former service dog currently working with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center canine program was raised, trained and adopted by America’s VetDogs. Ace joins other high profile service dogs including the Washington Capitals captain, Atlanta United’s Spike, WBAL’s Brooks and the New York Islanders’ Tori and Radar.

You can follow all PenFed Pups through the PenFed Pups and PenFed’s Facebook group Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Pages.

About the PenFed Credit Union

Founded in 1935, the Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) is America’s second-largest federal credit union, serving over 2.6 million members worldwide $31 billion in wealth. PenFed Credit Union offers market-leading certificates, checks, credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, auto loans, student loans and a wide range of other financial services, always with members’ best interests in mind. PenFed Credit Union is nationally insured by the NCUA and is an Equal Housing Lender. To learn more about PenFed Credit Union, visit PenFed.orgLike us on Facebook and follow us on @PenFed Twitter. Are you interested in working for PenFed? Visit us LinkedIn. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About America’s VetDogs

Since 2003, America’s VetDogs ( has trained and placed guide and assistance dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to veterans with disabilities from all eras. In 2015, VetDogs opened up its programs to first responders, including fire, police, and emergency medical personnel. America’s VetDogs is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established by the Guide Dog Foundation serving clients across the United States. VetDogs depends on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs and foundations to fund its mission to help those who have served our country live with dignity and independence. It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train and place a service dog, but America’s VetDogs offers its services completely free to individuals. America’s VetDogs has been accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.

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