ESA Gives Back, the association’s charitable and philanthropic program, is turning its attention this year to a low-profile but high-impact group of battlefield heroes by selecting the Warrior Dog Foundation
as its official charity. ESA Gives Back raised more than $14,000 for the foundation during ESX, and now we're asking for your help in supporting these canine warriors.
Special Operations Forces dogs are highly trained battlefield partners capable of detecting explosives, tracking insurgents, pursuing and apprehending attackers, and thriving in conditions that would be unfavorable for humans. They are fast, agile, tough, relentless, and – like their human counterparts – unwavering in their dedication and loyalty. The dogs and their work on the battlefield were recently the subject of a segment on 60 Minutes.
These dogs often sustain serious injuries, and even die in battle, so that human lives can be saved. The Warrior Dog Foundation supports dogs who have been injured in battle or retired from duty, and also supports Special Operations soldiers and their families.
For a $50 donation, you'll receive a copy of the book "Trident K9 Warriors," autographed by author Mike Ritland, former Navy SEAL and founder of the Warrior Dog Foundation. Ritland's book details his battlefield experience with the dogs, and underscores their importance in helping to keep our soldiers safe. The book will also be specially "autographed" with a bite mark from Rico, a warrior dog who was the star attraction at ESX.
- To purchase a book for $50, or to make a donation in any amount, click here. Online donations are not tax-deductible, but all proceeds go directly to the foundation.
- For a tax-deductible donation of $50 or more, you can purchase the book by contacting Tony Boudreau, ESA vice president of Finance and Administration, at (972) 807-6820.
ESA will accept book orders and donations for the foundation until July 12. Join us in keeping the men and women of our armed forces safe by caring for their battlefield partners.