[May 4, 2019] Since the beginning of the War on Terrorism after the attacks on America, there has been an increase in the number of organizations that fill needs the military cannot handle. One need is post-service veteran needs related to combat injuries. This is where K9 Warriors, Inc. comes in.
Last week I attended a Veterans Administration community outreach near my home. A local college, Atlantic Cape Community College, hosted the event at their Cape May, NJ campus; bringing together a number of groups that support the military veteran to provide a wide range of support services. K9 Warriors was one of them where I met Gabriel “Gabe” Ruiz.1
Mission : K9 Warriors Inc mission is to provide elite K9’s for U.S. Combat Veterans while facilitating their transition.2
K9 Warriors trains “service dogs for combat veterans living with … PTSD, TBI,” and other disabilities resulting from combat. Their trainers are highly skilled with combined military, law enforcement, and government backgrounds. For example, the staff includes licensed social workers, law enforcement K9 trainers, handlers, special operations combat veterans, and others “who specialize in evaluating and indentify[ing] the Warrior Teams best suited for mitigating individual symptoms.”
This is no traditional non-profit organization. They not only provide Warrior Teams but also transition assistance and resources. K9 Warriors currently partners with other charities and corporations that work and assist veterans and the military community. “Tribe of Brotherhood” and proven in combat. Those who lead and work with K9 Warriors live, love, and truly understand what it takes to have the perfect team.
I was impressed with what they do and why I’m highlighting them today. Some people are drawn to leadership roles. Gabe Ruiz is one of them. He is the type of person I would not hesitate to go to war with. There are few like him.
- Gabe Ruiz is the Director of K9 Warriors Inc, a New Jersey non-profit 501(c)(3).