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VA Dogs News Release
Posted on May 2nd, 2017

Country Coach Friends Incorporated (CCFI) recently had an RV Rally and the sponsored charity was VADogs. A whopping $18,000 was raised and all proceeds were presented to Steve Volkman, Executive Director and Larry Pottridge, Director of Development of VA Dogs. CCFI is an RV Club which is an International Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). For those RV enthusiasts CCFI is one of the friendliest chapters of FMCA.
Two of their officers, Jerry O’Connor and Larry Carrell live here in Kerrville and were instrumental in making their most recent rally a huge success. CCFI plans RV events across the nation which nurture friendship and fun. Check out their website www.CountryCoachFriendsIncorporated.com.
 
Kerrville is no stranger to how the Recreational Vehicle presence impacts the local economy. There are numerous RV Parks within the Texas Hill Country and those that choose to vacation in and around Kerrville spend their dollars at many establishments located here in the Hill Country. They continue helping nonprofits like VA Dogs by supporting their cause. CCFI has helped VA Dogs in the past by raising $23,000 in the Fall of 2015.
 
Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas rescues shelter dogs, trains them to become Service Dogs, then donates them at no cost to Disabled Veterans. A number of Veterans with mental issues tend to isolate, they don’t engage. They build a defensive wall around themselves so they can feel safe. A Service Dog has an ability to shatter that wall, they’re friendly and non-judgmental. Dogs invite interaction which helps to inspire the Veteran to readjust and reintegrate back into civilian life, which was hindered by the effects of their respective disabilities.  Please visit our website at www.vadogs.org to keep up with our progress and events. There are approximately 18,000 veterans living in the Texas Hill Country. Unfortunately, it is estimated by the Department of Veteran Affairs that 25% of those veterans are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). And, that doesn’t include those veterans with mobility issues. We serve all those disabled veterans whether they suffer from trauma or mobility issues.
 
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