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K9's For Veteran's Abroad wants to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.

 
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K9'S FOR VETERAN'S ABROAD

The Mission

Our Mission is to provide quality Service Dogs to Veterans living abroad, suffering from physical and/or mental trauma to improve both their lives and the lives of those who care about them.

 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

K9's For Veteran's Abroad is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do at our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.

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"Richard and the K9s for Veterans Abroad team are lifesavers.  Their heart for our service members, their unwavering commitment to me, my family & my teammate Brinkley has touched all of us beyond words.  This team understands the unique circumstances that bind all of us as brothers and sisters for life.  We are so grateful for the team and everything they do for those that served.  Keep up the good work!!!"

Our new team

Mark and Brinkley

 

CONTACT K9'S FOR VETERAN'S ABROAD

Get in touch with K9's For Veteran's Abroad to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

 

THE BOARD

K9's for Veterans Abroad

JACK COPE

Board President 

Jack has 35 years of management and leadership experience with both small and large organizations. After starting his 25-year career with Enterprise Rent a Car in the U.S., he was part of a small group tasked with bringing the company to Germany and continental Europe in 1997. Over a 16-year period, Jack oversaw the growth of the organization to hundreds of locations and over $170 million in annual revenue.
He is currently the owner of Cope Consulting LLC and works with small and medium sized companies in the areas of communications, change management, sales and manager training and executive coaching.
Jack has a deep personal connection to the issues related to veterans struggling with the aftereffects of their combat service. He has seen firsthand the life changing transformation that occurs when a well-trained service dog enters the life of a veteran and their families.

RICHARD RICE

Board Vice President

Richard Rice is a 33-year-old combat veteran from Las Vegas N.V. As a Military brat he grew up with a sense of Patriotism for his country and a deep found respect for the Armed Forces. Richard Rice graduated High School at Cimmaron Memorial High School and had aspirations to go to college and earn a four-year degree. Instead, a tragic day altered his plans for the future and changed his life forever.

Due to the horrific events on September 11, 2011, his heart was hardened to join the Military and to do what he could to protect his homeland and the people he loved. In 2003 Richard Rice joined the Army as a 13 W and attended Boot Camp at Fort Benning Georgia. After being stationed in Germany, he received his new orders and was reassigned to the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Carson Co.  Richard Rice was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and was stationed at Fob Loyalty where he was assigned to the Quick Reaction Force Team.

On September 23, 2006, Richard Rice was flown out of Iraq due to life-threatening injuries to his leg and ankle.  During this time Richard was given the wrong medication and was consciously paralyzed for over an hour. These events contributed to Richard Rice suffering from PTSD for a period of over five years. Fortunately, Richard found his way back with the help of a Service Dog. Through his dog, Richard learned to see the world through a new set of eyes, and she became the light he needed to find his way out of the dark whole he was in. Because of that experience, Richard decided to dedicate his life to helping Soldiers with PTSD and TBI. 

 For the past five years, Richard has been training service dogs for Soldiers with PTSD, and the physically disabled. Richard Rice spent two years conducting monthly therapy sessions with the Evolution Program at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Richard Rice is currently going to School with Salisbury University to receive his degree in Social work. His goal is to become a Licenced Clinical Social Worker while continuing to train and provide Service Dogs to Soldiers in need.

GERI HENDERSON, PHD

Board Treasurer

Geri Henderson, PhD, is a professor for UMGC, University of Maryland Global Campus and the happy owner of her own service dog, Jami, trained by Richard. Her interest in K-9s for Veterans Abroad is the perfect blend of her desire to help her students, all military, in any way she can and her belief from experience that a service dog can have wonderful healing properties and be the link needed to move from a life of fear and dread to a life of joy and fulfillment. As Treasurer, she tends to worry about cash flow but is honored to be able to give back to the military community where she works.

VERENA RICE

Board Secretary

Verena Rice completed her degree in Business-Management and has worked in various departments within an accredited ADI and ADEu Non-Profit-Organization that trains Service Dogs. Verena is also a dedicated mother and spouse to a combat veteran who has endured PTSD. Due to this experience, she has a vast wealth of knowledge in how to operate a Non-Profit, but more importantly the personal experience to know how PTSD impacts a family lives and the passion to support and help others overcome the stressors of PTSD.