Freedom Fidos Requirements During Program: Freedom Fidos will spend the first year training the SUPERHERO Service Dog. In the second year, Freedom Fidos while maintaining ownership of the dog will conditionally place it with its perspective handler. Once the handler has fulfilled all the requirements listed below Freedom Fidos will totally release the dog to its handler at the end of the second year.
No Alcohol and/or Drugs No answers or resolutions come from the bottom of a bottle. No memories will ever be forgotten or erased from the use of drugs. During Freedom Fidos Service Dog programs all participants must agree not to use alcohol and/or drugs unless legally prescribed. If any participant breaks that agreement they will be asked to leave the program and will not be given a dog.
Freedom Fidos Pledge: Declaration of Contribution; I will make good things happen for other people. For those here now and those who come after us.. When things get tough and I fall short I will reminds myself I can accomplish anything, with time, effort, patience, and resilience. Anything When my situation is not the best I will do the best with what I have. I will be resourceful and responsible… I will get over myself and expect more of myself. I will be obligated to this world and the people in it. I will give more. I will enjoy more..
I will love openly I will fearlessly pursue my dreams I will express unlimited gratitude I will fearlessly connect
Mental Health Freedom Fidos Service Dog program requires all disabled Veterans to engage in activities that promote a sense of mental well being, i.e. Therapy, Group Therapy, Yoga, etc.
Nutrition Healing requires good nutrition. Physically, individuals need a strong daily regimen of vitamins, food, and supplements in order to create healthy minds and bodies.
Exercise Exercise is one of the most powerful activities individuals can do that aids their own healing process. The body’s response to exercise is overwhelming. Research shows that a regular exercise program will invoke natural endorphins that can help combat depression, anxiety, and anger. All of which are symptoms of both TBI and PTS.
Civic Service Research on service to others across the life span suggests that participation in civic service can influence many psychosocial factors in a person’s life leading to improvements in health and engagement with others. If disabled veterans are challenged to continue to serve in their communities, and if their well-being improves from participating in civic service, then the well-being of veterans and their communities will both improve. Membership with local Kiwanis club. Application to either NO Barriers or Project Sanctuary. Participation in local Pet Smart Canine Good Citizens Class.
Active involvement with Freedom Fidos: - commitment to something larger - Take Freedom Fidos Pledge - Attend minimum of 5 fundraisers during one year probation period - Minimum of monthly check in with Freedom Fidos. - 3 month recertification process - Speak at minimum of 5 local events
Write Acknowledging wartime experiences is an important part of recovering and moving forward. Writing allows participants an outlet to express personal thoughts rather than letting them fester within one’s conscience. Writing gives participants a voice. During service in the military soldiers lose their voice, their ability to express their ideas, thoughts, and beliefs. Once a veteran returns to society, this voice becomes difficult to regain and express among others. Every veteran has a story to tell and the Freedom Fido Service Dog program wants to provide an opportunity to tell one’s story.
Goals Individuals cannot chart a new course to make changes in one’s life without goals. Every participant will be required to set short and long term goals. Once participants have set these goals, Freedom Fidos Service Dog will help participants achieve them through motivation, support, as well as linking participants with the necessary people and/or resources that can help them achieve their goals.