SDIA’s Trip to NYC Brings Healing, Camaraderie to 80+ Veterans, First Responders

SDIA’s Trip to NYC Brings Healing, Camaraderie to 80+ Veterans, First Responders

Veterans, First Responders Visit Ground Zero The last weekend in September 2019 was beautiful in New York City, and the nearly 90 Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) Outdoor Adventurers filled their days with an appearance on Fox & Friends, tours, food, a 5K and the much-needed camaraderie of their fellow Sheep Dogs. This SDIA Outdoor Adventure centered on Ground Zero, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation 5K because for many of the sponsored Sheep Dogs, their military and/or first responder professions began as a direct result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. These sites were “bucket list” items for many, bringing them full circle, physically and emotionally. “I feel like my military career and experiences came full circle. That everyone I know who is no longer here is commemorated every year at the very least. And that this organization is here to have your six and get you out there and pushing forward.” This large...
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SDIA Completes First Disaster Response Mission to Bahamas

SDIA Completes First Disaster Response Mission to Bahamas

SDIA’s Disaster Response (DR) Team has returned home from the Bahamas after eight long days and nights of traveling to/from, and working in, the Bahamas. While they are physically exhausted, helping the Bahamian people begin to recover was a very powerful and rewarding experience for the entire team. The DRM Team was made up of 12 people – six from Northwest Arkansas (including SDIA’s founder & president, and three National Office staff members), two from the Central Florida Team, one from the Central North Carolina Team, one from the Southern Indiana Team, one from the Greater Cincinnati Chapter, and one from New York. The work the DR Team completed in their two very full days made a huge difference in the lives of those they assisted. The Team: assisted more than 300 people, including 5 former law enforcement officers (two with 30+ years of service); tarped 21 roofs, including a preschool/daycare; cleared 39 trees; mucked-out 3 houses; mucked out & tarped roof...
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NEWS Coverage of DRM to Bahamas

NEWS Coverage of DRM to Bahamas

https://www.nwahomepage.com/news/knwa/day-3-sheep-dog-impact-assistance-assisting-in-the-bahamas/ ‘https://www.nwahomepage.com/news/knwa/day-3-sheep-dog-impact-assistance-assisting-in-the-bahamas   https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/bahamas-strong-local-volunteer-helps-rebuild-after-dorian/ ‘https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/bahamas-strong-local-volunteer-helps-rebuild-after-dorian/                         https://www.wpbf.com/article/south-florida-relief-efforts-for-hurricane-dorian-victims-in-the-bahamas-continue-to-grow/29113317     https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/hundreds-of-volunteers-making-a-difference-in-the-bahamas                             https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/21590-bahamas-paradise-completes-second-humanitarian-sailing.html                           https://www.kark.com/news/sheep-dog-deploying-to-bahamas-for-hurricane-dorian-relief/                         https://www.nwahomepage.com/news/knwa/sheep-dog-deployed-to-the-bahamas/                       https://www.wpbf.com/article/veterans-and-former-first-responders-join-bahamas-relief-efforts/29061678  ...
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SDIA Deploys on Their First Disaster Response Mission Outside the US to Bahamas

SDIA Deploys on Their First Disaster Response Mission Outside the US to Bahamas

For the first time in our history, #SDIA deployed a #DisasterResponse Team (DRT) outside of the US to the #Bahamas. The DRT departed on Wed., 9/11, and arrived in Miami, Florida, Thursday evening. The Team’s transportation to the Bahamas was originally slated for Fri., 9/13; however, Tropical Storm Humberto and logistical issues caused delays. We are happy to report that the Team disembarked the ship for relief efforts the morning of Mon., Sept. 16, and immediately went to work helping Bahamians by covering leaking roofs and windows, removing trees and debris from homes & properties, and distributing supplies. You can follow our Bahamas #DisasterResponseMission (DRM) right here, and on our social media pages (Facebook @SheepDogIA; Instagram @sheep_dog_impact_assistance). Want to know where they're at? You can see their location in real time by clicking this link: https://tinyurl.com/y45n2klq We need your support so that our DRT can help as many people as possible! Please join our Team by making a financial donation at www.SheepDogIA.org/get-involved/donate....
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Veterans, First Responders Deploy as Disaster Season Starts Early and Hits Hard

Veterans, First Responders Deploy as Disaster Season Starts Early and Hits Hard

SDIA's 2019 Disaster Season Starts Early   The 2019 storm season started off much earlier than usual across the US, hitting the central portion particularly hard. But Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) Disaster Response members and volunteers were ready.   Since March, SDIA’s Disaster Response (DR) teams have already deployed on 9 Disaster Response Missions (DRMs) to areas affected by tornadoes and flooding in Alabama, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Kansas and Arkansas. Our DR teams - made up of 128 SDIA members from our Central Arkansas Chapter, Central Florida Team, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, Kansas Chapter, Mississippi Team, North Texas Chapter, Northwest Arkansas Chapter, Southern Indiana Team, and Southern Missouri Team, as well as members & volunteers from Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia - have spent 24 days on missions so far. They cleared more than 372 trees & truckloads of debris from 50+ properties, mucked out many homes, distributed medical, cleaning, hygiene and other supplies, and assisted more than 150 people (including 34 veterans and 7...
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Sheep Dog Impact Assistance Raises Over $160,000 at Heroes Gala

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance Raises Over $160,000 at Heroes Gala

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance Recognizes Sheep Dogs of the Year and Raises Over $160,000 at Heroes Gala Proceeds to Fund Programs to Help Reduce Suicides in Veteran/First Responder Communities   The tables have long been cleared and the floors have been swept, but the impact that the Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) 7th Annual Heroes Gala had on its attendees on Saturday, April 27, was powerful. So powerful that the event raised more than $160,000, the proceeds of which will be used to fund Disaster Response Missions and sponsor Veterans and First Responders for Outdoor Adventures during 2019. Heroes Gala Emcee Aaron Mankin, USMC (Ret.), Honorary Chair David Scogin, Guest Speaker Cpl. Nick Perales, USMC (Ret.), Gold Star Mother Debbie Lee, and BlackGuard Customs founder and USMC veteran Cpl. Liam Fuller spoke to the crowd of over 500, touching the hearts of all who heard their stories. Much like a military ball, the Heroes Gala began with an official ceremony, the posting of the...
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Sheep Dogs Heal Through Helping

Sheep Dogs Heal Through Helping

Recent Alabama tornadoes bring Sheep Dogs together for four days of meaningful volunteer work. On Sunday, March 3, tornadoes touched down across portions of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. The worst of these was a devastating EF-4 tornado that claimed the lives of 23 people and destroyed numerous homes and businesses in Lee County, Alabama. Within 3 days, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) had a Disaster Response (DR) Team on the ground to help. “I hated seeing the people in the shape they were in,” said Christopher MacKay, an Army veteran volunteer. “Their spirits were high, but you could see in their eyes they had a lot of work ahead of them. I’m glad we could cut down on their burden.” And they did. The DR Team conducted chainsaw operations in the area to clear more than 250 downed or damaged trees from roads, driveways, houses and 19 properties, as well as other meaningful work. At the end of the four-day mission, the...
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KNWA/KFTA Covers SDIA as top 20 Finalist in 2019 Citizen Honors Awards

KNWA/KFTA Covers SDIA as top 20 Finalist in 2019 Citizen Honors Awards

Watch the full story here. Excerpt: "[SDIA's] work to help veterans and first responders get off the couch and recover the sense of camaraderie and meaning they felt while in uniform, is now being recognized on a national level. SDIA is Top 20 Finalist for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's 2019 Citizen Honors Awards. "For us to also make it into the top 20 nationally, I think was a testament to the men and women that serve so passionately in our organization and the difference they are making nationwide," [SDIA founder & president, SgtMaj Lance] Nutt, USMC (Ret.) said. The Citizen Honors Awards recognizes those who embody the values of the medal of honor - courage, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, citizenship and patriotism. Nutt says just to be nominated is a tremendous honor. "We're looking forward to having serious conversations about how we can do more and how Sheep Dog Impact Assistance can play a role in helping our veterans get off the couch and reengage...
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