How You Can Help Carolina Flood Victims

How You Can Help Carolina Flood Victims

ConnectingVets.com story by Phil Briggs (9/20/18, 12:45pm)   Sergeant Major Lance Nutt had barely finished his retirement ceremony last Thursday, when he packed his bags, loaded up trailers and headed to Wilmington, NC, along with members of the organization he founded, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA). “Just getting into areas like Lumberton and Wilmington, NC was next to impossible because the roads were either completely flooded, or washed out,” he says. SDIA’s Initial Response Team members are no strangers to disaster relief.  The veteran-staffed relief organization was on site to assist residents after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas one year ago.  Now, as a tent city comes together in a Home Depot parking lot in North Carolina, they have 60-100 veterans who break into teams to perform chainsaw work and delivery of food and supplies. “Home Depot and Operation BBQ Relief have been great.  They’ve partnered with us and are making it possible for us to get the supplies and deliver meals. We're currently packing over 300 meals for delivery today,” ...
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SDIA Deploys Disaster Response Teams to North Carolina

SDIA Deploys Disaster Response Teams to North Carolina

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence has slammed North and South Carolina with life-threatening storm surges, heavy rains and severe flooding. On Friday, September 14, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) sent a small Disaster Response (DR) team to the coast to assess damage and needs. A second DR team (DRT #2) deployed from the Center for Nonprofits in Rogers on Monday, September 17, bringing with them 30+ SDIA members from numerous chapters and teams, as well as tools, fuel and supplies to conduct recovery efforts, including tree and debris removal and muck-out operations. On Saturday, the six-man DRT #1 arrived in Lumberton, NC, and worked alongside the #CajunNavy and other organizations to rescue and evacuate residents trapped by fast-rising floodwaters. DRT #1 also helped clear downed trees from one property and Highway 41 allowing motorists continue on their way. Sunday the team began making their way toward the Wilmington, NC, area. By Tuesday, seven SDIA teams and chapters will have deployed members, with more adding to the...
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In The News: “Organization Uses Shooting to Help Veterans Find Purpose” – KNWA Interview

In The News: “Organization Uses Shooting to Help Veterans Find Purpose” – KNWA Interview

This past Saturday, #SDIA and Kuettel Capital joined forces to sponsor a special Outdoor Adventure for 20 of our nation’s Sheep Dogs (military and first responders). The group spent the day at Spring Valley Anglers Rod & Gun Club and experienced the thrill of shooting a broad range of firearms provided by Spring Valley Anglers and Guns & Grounds. #KNWA stopped by to see how shooting at the range can help our Sheep Dogs. KNWA Interview: PTSD Veterans and Guns...
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SDIA & Skydiving Empower Air Force Veteran to Embrace Life

SDIA & Skydiving Empower Air Force Veteran to Embrace Life

For Air Force veteran and SDIA Member Dana Ames, jumping out of a plane on June 2 was more than a bucket list item. Like so many, this grandmother allowed life to beat her down and isolate her. But then she joined #SDIA. SDIA is empowering her to get stronger, more fit and to #GetOffTheCouch! “I want to show people that not only is helping others a way of life,” Dana said, “but it also helps yourself!” At times, many Sheep Dogs feel beaten down, isolated, or depressed. Transitioning from a military or first responder career can be a huge struggle, especially for those injured in combat or the line of duty. These heroes need something or someone to remind them who they are and that they still have much to contribute to making the world a better, safer place. SDIA sponsors these Sheep Dogs for Outdoor Adventures to foster camaraderie and healing in a comfortable setting surrounded by fellow Sheep...
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SDIA Honors Our Fallen Heroes Through Memorial Day Events

SDIA Honors Our Fallen Heroes Through Memorial Day Events

Throughout the month of May, SDIA Teams & Chapters have prepared for Memorial Day – a day for our nation to remember the men and women of the US military who have given their lives defending our country and freedoms. Indeed, our freedom is NOT free…it has come with a heavy price, and we honor those lost by participating in various events throughout the month. May begins with our Teams & Chapters electing to participate in Carry The Load’s Rallies and East Coast Relay by walking 5-mile ‘legs’ of the 2,100-mile relay route from West Point Cemetery in New York to the Memorial March at Reverchon Park in Dallas, Texas, on Memorial Day weekend. The Relay operates 24 hours a day, handing off the American flag every 5 miles, and reminds people of the true meaning of Memorial Day - to honor our nation’s fallen heroes. Participants are encouraged to “carry the load” – a weighted backpack – with names and...
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SDIA’s 6th Annual Heroes Gala to Help Veterans, First Responders  Get Off The Couch

SDIA’s 6th Annual Heroes Gala to Help Veterans, First Responders Get Off The Couch

  Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) will host their 6th Annual Heroes Gala on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 5:30-11:00PM at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers. This year’s Heroes Gala will include a limited-seating VIP Reception at 4:30pm, followed by a social hour and silent auction bidding, a short ceremony, dinner and dancing. Awards to honor those Sheep Dogs who have lived out the SDIA motto, “Helping Others is a Way of Life,” will be presented to Military, Law Enforcement, and Fire & Rescue “Sheep Dogs of the Year.” Funds raised during the evening will be used to help more of our nation's Sheep Dogs #GetOffTheCouch with SDIA’s Disaster Response and Outdoor Adventure programs.   Guest speaker, SSgt Jose Sanchez (USMC, Ret.), and emcee, Cpl Aaron P. Mankin (USMC, Ret.), will entertain and inspire attendees with their life stories and anecdotes throughout the evening. SSgt Sanchez is an active SDIA member who suffered severe injuries as a Marine in October...
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