As a national non-profit that exists to engage, assist and empower our nation’s “Sheep Dogs” – those who make up our military and first responder professions – Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is honored to announce their selection as a 2017 partner of fellow non-profit, Carry The Load (CTL). This partnership will provide much-needed funding to sponsor Sheep Dogs injured in combat or the line of duty to go on SDIA’s Outdoor Adventure to Washington DC and take part in the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2017.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a partner of CTL,” said SgtMaj Lance Nutt, SDIA’s president and founder. “Our missions to engage and assist our nation’s Sheep Dogs fit perfectly within CTL’s “Continuum of Care” program to provide funding to those who directly serve our nation’s heroes and their families. We are extremely excited to sponsor as many Sheep Dogs as possible on our Washington DC Outdoor Adventure with CTL’s help.”

More than 70 organizations applied for CTL’s 2017 partnership and recognition; SDIA was one of the 15 selected.

Carry The Load is a non-profit dedicated to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes — military, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders. What started as a mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day has broadened to bring all American’s together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day. As part of CTL’s mission, they raise much-needed funds to provide a continuum of care for military and first responders and their families. Non-profit partners are selected each year and are recognized, highlighted and supported with funds for their direct service programs to Sheep Dogs.

SDIA hosts Outdoor Adventures throughout the year for fellow Sheep Dogs to provide them with the camaraderie and peer support that may be missing after a shift or tour of duty ends – two vital elements that promote a positive state of mind and perspective. For our sponsored Sheep Dogs, these adventures are much more than a getaway. While the outings are fun and exciting, injured Sheep Dogs’ participation in these events is critical to their healing. Participating presents them with new challenges that test their rehabilitation progress, restores independence and self-confidence, and gets them off the couch and reengaged in living life to the fullest.

For more information on our upcoming Washington DC/Marine Corps Marathon Outdoor Adventure, please contact Amanda at ABullard@SheepDogIA.org or 417-540-8808.

To learn more about CTL, visit their website at www.CarryTheLoad.org.