Outdoor Adventure to Peru

Outdoor Adventure to Peru

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) recently had the privilege of partnering with another great non-profit, Legend Treks, for an exploratory trip to Peru to serve its indigenous people with eye care needs (eye exams, reading glasses, sunglasses, eye drops, etc.). Legend Trek team members were Boyd Nutt, Patricia Yabar, Mike Webster, Jason Cruz, Beth Morgan, Randy and Kelley Rose and Jim Main. SDIA team members included sponsored Sheep Dog, Jose Sanchez, and his wife, Dulce, and Danny Shaw, and SDIA staff members Fred Lawley, Scott West and Amanda Bullard. Staff members went on the trip to ensure that our sponsored Sheep Dogs were taken care of, and to determine whether this was a trip that could become a future National Outdoor Adventure. All three SDIA staff members were responsible for funding their own way, paying all personal expenses, including airfare to and from Peru. During the first clinic, Legend Trek (LT) and SDIA worked with the Cusco Lions Club to operate a...
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2017 National Outdoor Adventure: Washington, DC & Marine Corps Marathon

2017 National Outdoor Adventure: Washington, DC & Marine Corps Marathon

Looking for an adventure this October? SDIA has just the trip for you and your family! Each year, SDIA hosts one major Outdoor Adventure (in addition to the monthly experiences around the US), and this year's trip will be incredible. This October 19-23, SDIA Members, Volunteers, and Supporters from across the US will converge on Washington, DC, for 5 days of special tours and camaraderie - and some will even run in the Marine Corps Marathon or 10K on October 22. We are sponsoring 20 Sheep Dogs injured in combat or the line of duty for this trip, all-expenses-paid. We have estimated costs per person to be $1,000; this includes 4 night's accommodations, 8 meals, guide service, entrance fees & motor coach transportation to pre-arranged tours to National Museum of Marine Corps, Mt. Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, National Mall and the Pentagon, and airfare. (NOTE: participants are responsible for making their own air/travel arrangements). For those interested in running the Marine Corps Marathon...
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2016 Christmas Outreach Recap

2016 Christmas Outreach Recap

This year's Christmas Outreach program far surpassed our expectations, both in the number in need and the overwhelming generosity of our supporters. When all the gifts were wrapped and delivered, SDIA Chapters and Teams provided gifts for more than 400 children of Sheep Dogs in need this holiday season. Words are inadequate in expressing our gratitude for every one of our sponsors, members, volunteers and supporters who contributed to this effort. We could not help these heroes and their families without YOU...THANK YOU! Northwest AR Chapter During the first part of December, the Northwest AR Chapter was busy collecting donations for its Christmas Outreach to give to the children of Sheep Dog families in need a merry Christmas. Once collected, Walmart's Marketing & Development Team got the items organized. The next day, SDIA volunteers put together gift packages for more than 150 children - and Walmart's Print Solutions Center adopted an additional 25 children. Thank you, Walmart! Once all the packages were ready, the...
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Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures

Throughout the year, we host challenging events in which our fellow Sheep Dogs can participate. These adventures give them opportunities to get up off the couch, be around their peers, and reengage in life. Particularly for those injured in combat or the line of duty, SDIA's Outdoor Adventures give our Sheep Dogs a chance to see how far they have come since being injured, and remind them that no matter the obstacle, they can overcome it with their brothers and sisters by their side. As a result, participants have a new focus, revitalized self-confidence, and are reminded that they can continue making a difference in their communities and for their country. Past adventures have included obstacle races, skydiving, whitewater rafting, big game & bird hunts, ruck marches, and scuba diving.   Testimonials: Asheville Adventure Weekend & Spartan Super, August 6, 2016 - U.S. Navy veteran and firefighter, Jamie Smith, felt the Spartan Super's grueling 9-mile course and 25 obstacles provided the challenge he was looking...
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The 2016 Holiday Season is Upon Us – and We Need YOUR Help!

The 2016 Holiday Season is Upon Us – and We Need YOUR Help!

The holiday season is upon us once again. Most Americans live well enough to enjoy the holidays, but for many of our nation's Veterans and First Responders (Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and EMS professionals), that is not the case. These courageous men and women put their lives on the line for us each and every day, giving us the gift of protection and security. It's time for us to give them and their children the gift of happy holidays. Over the next couple of months, SDIA Teams and Chapters throughout the US will be working hard to raise money and secure donations for our two Holiday Programs benefiting Sheep Dog families in need. The Thanksgiving Outreach program provides a complete traditional Thanksgiving dinner including a turkey, ham, vegetables, sides, and pie. Meals are provided to Sheep Dog families in need of assistance who have applied and been approved by Team/Chapter leadership. Donations in the amount of $60 will feed one family. Our Christmas...
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Rafting & Racing Inspire Sheep Dogs

Rafting & Racing Inspire Sheep Dogs

They started arriving in North Carolina on Thursday, August 4, and by Friday, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) had 70+ veterans, first responders and supporters gathered to participate in their Western North Carolina Chapter’s Adventure Weekend. This annual adventure culminates in running the Asheville Spartan Super, and for 30 of the participants, the race would be a test of how far they had come since being injured in combat or the line of duty - and a reminder that no matter the obstacle, they can overcome it all with their brothers and sisters by their side. The Sheep Dogs started their weekend with a hearty breakfast at the Dixie Diner in Hendersonville on Friday morning, followed by white water rafting on the Nantahala River. James Hurn, Deputy Sheriff with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, summed up the experience the best. “I thought it was going to be a typical rafting trip,” he said. “But I quickly learned that when you throw a...
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Skydiving Events Renew Spirits of Sponsored Sheep Dogs

Skydiving Events Renew Spirits of Sponsored Sheep Dogs

Ask someone if they want to skydive, and you are sure to get one of two adamant answers – “YES! Let’s do it!” or “Are you CRAZY?! Why would I jump out of a perfectly good airplane?!” Fortunately for the willing, both the Northwest Arkansas Chapter and Michigan Team of Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) recently held skydiving events – with the others enjoying the excitement and camaraderie with their feet firmly on the ground. While some members of SDIA have jumped as part of their military training, not all did. For those who stayed on the ground or in the plane, skydiving may provide the rush of combat or other intensive training in a very new way. This was the case for sponsored first-time skydiver USMC Cpl Justin Denslow at the Michigan Team’s July 3 event held at Skydive Tecumseh. After being diagnosed with PTSD upon his return from Afghanistan, Cpl Denslow tried various treatments/training to manage his symptoms – with...
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SDIA’s 2016 Spring Hog Hunt

SDIA’s 2016 Spring Hog Hunt

Another great bi-annual Sheep Dog Hog Hunt is in the books! Hunting at Turkey Creek Ranch in NW Texas never disappoints, and the teams from Broadway Contracting and ProTrucks that make these hunts possible, always deliver one of the best experiences around. It's more than "just a hunt;" these weekends give our sponsored combat wounded vets and first responders injured in the line of duty the camaraderie that they've been missing as well as a welcoming environment to truly relax and be themselves. Whether it's hunting wild boar, turkeys, jack rabbits, and coyotes, or simply testing their skills at target shooting, the opportunity to bond with fellow Sheep Dogs and supporters is priceless. During this hunt we honored the service and sacrifice of SGT. Adam Holland, SGT. 1st Class Dan Moss, Patrol Officer Zac McArthur, and SGT. Justin Bryant. Their dedication and commitment to our nation is to be commended, and the blood and sweat they sacrificed, should NEVER be...
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