A Message From Deb Davidson.....
I have been dog lover and trainer for over 25 years.
My team and I train dogs (certain breeds that fill the need) adopted from shelters or rescue groups. By doing this, the service dog gets a chance at a new productive life filled with love and purpose.
When we learned of the plight of the returning servicemen, we felt that training service dogs was something we had to do! That's when Wings and Warriors was born.
Recently, we learned that suicide rates of military veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq had reached alarming rates. Twenty-two vets commit suicide each day! At that moment we wanted to help in any way that we could. Returning veterans are often devastated physically, mentally and emotionally. They return with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Many have emotional problems and have difficulty coping with the return home. The government reports that approximately 11 – 20% of returning vets suffer from PTSD or TBI.
Wings-and-Warriors will take dogs from shelters, match with veterans, and train them together. The training takes 7 months to 2 years to complete but will last a lifetime. The mission is to "save lives one step at a time".
Nationally, the demand for a service dog is much higher than the supply. There are many facilities located around the country; however a small percentage is accredited with Assistance Dogs International (ADI). Only 58 organizations have this accreditation. Wings-and Warriors goal will be to attain this honor.
Wings-And-Warriors Board of Directors/Staff
Deb Davidson - Founder, President/CEO 719-648-4412
A hair stylist by trade for most of her career, Debbie has also trained animals for over 30 years and now has a passion for training service dogs. In 1992, Debbie was in the show ring showing purebreds for 3 years. She has multible certifications including Pet First Aid and CPR, Obedience Trainer, and has trained dogs for (CGC) Canine Good Citizen and has obtained her certification as CGC Evaluator.
Vice President - Robin Starr 719-367-1813
Robin was born and raised in Woodland Park, Colorado, and her family goes back nine generations in the area. Robin has a background in medical, first responder, and firefighting. As an entrepreneur, Robin had a housekeeping business as well as a landscaping business. Robin currently works at the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter and loves what she does. Her passion for training dogs as well as her role as Vice President in our organization have been a godsend. We truly appreciate her dedication.
Secretary - Tonya Perdue 719-271-4847
Tonya Perdue is a Colorado native. She and her family live in Yoder, Colorado where they own a small farm. She is a stay-at-home mom to take care of her son who has autism. Tonya is Married to Robert Perdue who is an Army Veteran. Tonya Has know Deb for a very long time, so when she learned about Wings and Warriors and their mission she had to volunteer, and got her husband involved and got him his service dog Kita.
Activities Coordinator- Rob Mckennan 541-515-4943
Rob spent 8 1/2 years as an MP, served desert storm/shield. currently he is working on becoming a certified dog trainer. Rob has 3 young children at home and a grand baby on the way. Rob enjoys working with dogs, fly fishing, tying flies, and building fly rods.
Treasurer - Amber Leibbrand
Amber is a busy stay at home mom, caring for her 4 beautiful children. Amber has a love for great Danes, she has 2 of them, which she trains in her spare time.