SDIA Partners with VA/Vet Centers to Improve Veterans’ Lives Through Yellowstone Adventure

SDIA Partners with VA/Vet Centers to Improve Veterans’ Lives Through Yellowstone Adventure

The beauty of Yellowstone National Park and Yellowstone National Forest are spectacular in the summer, and as Sheep Dog Impact Assistance’s (SDIA) group of 43 veterans, first responders and family members discovered on the January 23-27 Yellowstone Outdoor Adventure, winter in this vast wilderness is just as stunning when riding a snowmobile. This was the first Outdoor Adventure SDIA conducted in partnership with the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and Vet Centers across the nation. Through this partnership, the VA and Vet Centers identified and recommended to SDIA 27 veterans; these veterans joined 8 other veterans and first responders for a weekend that took them on a guided snowmobile tour of the National Park, snowmobiling time on their own in the National Forest, group dinners, free time, and most importantly, time to talk with fellow Sheep Dogs about their experiences, struggles and successes. By giving them an opportunity to #GetOffTheCouch, the camaraderie and connection with peers that is so vital...
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Wishing You a Merry Christmas and Blessed 2019!

Wishing You a Merry Christmas and Blessed 2019!

All of us at Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) want to take a moment during this hectic and busy time of year to thank YOU for your support of SDIA and our missions this past year. Because you generously gave your time, money and/or resources, we were able to accomplish the following in 2018. DISASTER RESPONSE:Assisted 7,219 people devastated by 5 hurricanes, 1 flood, 5 tornadoes, and firefighters battling wild fires. OUTDOOR ADVENTURES:Engaged and empowered 479 military and first responders to #GetOffTheCouch through 31 hunting, fishing, skydiving and other adventures. THANKSGIVING OUTREACH:Delivered Thanksgiving meals to 830+ people and 32 fire, police and sheriff departments. CHRISTMAS OUTREACH:Gave more than 350 children of struggling Sheep Dogs gifts of toys, clothing and necessities for Christmas. From all of us at SDIA, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas and have a blessed 2019. ...
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Veterans Coming Home: Cibeles Ramirez Rodriguez

Veterans Coming Home: Cibeles Ramirez Rodriguez

Sheep Dog Impact Assistance - Central Arkansas member Cibeles Ramirez Rodriguez recently told AETN how #SDIA helped her #GetOffTheCouch and positively impacted her and her son's lives. Do you know someone who needs to find a purpose? Join us at www.SheepDogIA.org! https://youtu.be/jOVxQOytH4w ...
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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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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’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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