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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SDIA a Top 20 Finalist in Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s 2019 Citizen Honors Awards

SDIA a Top 20 Finalist in Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s 2019 Citizen Honors Awards

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is thrilled to announce that, thanks to the nomination by and support of Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, they are a Top 20 Finalist for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s 2019 Citizen Honors Awards. Winners will be announced in Washington, DC, at a special ceremony on National Medal of Honor Day, March 25. The Citizen Honors Awards are presented each year to four citizens and one community organization to recognize those who embody the values of the Medal of Honor – courage, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, citizenship and patriotism – in their selfless and exceptional acts of bravery and community service. Since 2008, only 46 awards have been given. “All of us at Sheep Dog Impact Assistance are humbled and honored to be considered and recognized as a Top 20 Finalist for this esteemed award,” said SDIA founder and president, SgtMaj Lance Nutt, USMC (Ret.). “This came as a complete surprise, and we cannot fully express our appreciation...
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Suicide is the Reason SDIA Empowers Sheep Dogs to #GetOffTheCouch

Suicide is the Reason SDIA Empowers Sheep Dogs to #GetOffTheCouch

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Many of us know or know of someone who has committed suicide. We also know that people of all ages, beliefs, professions, ethnic backgrounds and financial situations choose to end their lives. A widely publicized number of suicides for the veteran population is 22 per day, and it is estimated that the number of suicides in our first responder communities could be double that. How can we curb this surge of lives lost? How can we help those that are hurting so deeply? How can we get these brave men and women who are willing to die for us to talk about “it”? At Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA), we have seen that it starts with getting Sheep Dogs off the proverbial “couch” – that dark, desolate place that so many get stuck in – and around fellow Sheep Dogs who have suffered similar traumas & experiences. Being among their military and first responder brothers and sisters brings...
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Big Fun at 4th Annual Big Boat Bash

Big Fun at 4th Annual Big Boat Bash

What an incredible weekend we had at the 4th Annual Big Boat Bash Street Party and 4th Annual Big Boat Bash Fun Run! The weather was good and our Sheep Dogs hosted on boats had an exhilarating day on the water. Congratulations to Kenneth Davis for his first place winning poker hand, and 2nd & 3rd place winners Karie Maasen and Wendi Maasen (respectively) - THANK YOU ALL for donating your winnings to #SDIA! Thank you to Beaver Lake Performance and Powerboat Assn, Brian Buckminster, Benjamin Moore, Christopher Kinney and everyone else involved in putting together this event - we are humbled by your support! Special thanks as well to all our sponsors - we could not do what we do without you: Complete Audio Visual, Performance Boat Center, OLD TOWN AUTO BODY AND SALES INC./ PHASER MARINE, Triple Oaks Investments, Prairie Creek Marina, Pro Trucks, Inc., Macadoodles Fine Wine, Beer & Spirits, Starkey Marina, NWA Custom Audio & Lighting, Poly Lift...
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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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