The Battle Buddy Foundation is a nonprofit corporation registered with the Ohio Secretary of State and operates as a tax exempt organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3), application pending, and contributions are tax exempt to the fullest extent of the law. Currently, there are an average of 22 Veterans and one active duty member taking their own lives each day, and The Battle Buddy Foundation is dedicated to drastically reducing these numbers by providing, at no cost, programs specifically addressing this issue to the veterans who desperately need them. Due to these staggering statistics, our current focus in on our service dog program, a 'battle buddy' for daily life, that will help these veterans retrain themselves back into the civilian world, and allow for a higher quality of life for both the veterans, and their families.
The Battle Buddy Foundation will offer treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other debilitating wounds of war through individual, group, and marital counseling at our Battle Buddy Foundation Centers. TBBF currently has a special focus on our veteran service dog program. It is designed to include the veteran in his/her service dog’s training, and maximize the service team’s bond early on in the development and training stages. Most of the service dogs will be placed with the veterans between 8 weeks of age to one year(some older dogs may be accepted), and will train and prepare for the certification testing that will take place about 9 months after beginning the training program. At the end of the training schedule, all of the service dog teams will meet for a final week of training, ending with full service dog certifications. Individual follow up with each service team, and further training will be conducted periodically to ensure a positive and healing experience. A majority of the dogs that enter our program have been donated puppies from reputable breeders, most being AKC registered, which helps to minimize our overall costs. In some cases, the veteran's existing dog may be trained, after completing a screening process by a certified trainer, or a rescued dog from a shelter, if the veteran desires. Also, we will provide a community of peer support among the veteran service dog teams by offering free attendance to different sporting and community events.
TBBF's network of existing service dog organizations allows us to partner and work together to pool resources, and help to fill the gaps in existing services for veterans across the country.
TBBF is also developing an Equine Therapy program, designed to offer veterans the therapeutic benefits of developing a personal and long term relationship with a 'Battle Buddy' Horse through one of our local programs. The veteran will have a specific horse to groom, care for, ride, and bond with, while interacting with other community veterans who have a passion for horses. TBBF also has a network of existing Veteran specific Equine programs around the country that we are able to work with closely in the development and expansion of this program, as well as a resource to refer clients to locally.
As The Battle Buddy Foundation continues to expand, TBBF will continue to work to remove the stigma associated with Post Traumatic Stress on a national level, educate the public, and help guide our nation’s wounded Veterans to the needed and available resources. TBBF will develop and implement veteran employment assistance program that provides job placement and training, as well as engage the media and public forums to raise awareness about the issue. TBBF will also work with local Veteran’s Courts to assist with diversion/treatment programs.
The Battle Buddy Foundation's Founder, and Executive Director, Kenny Bass is a disabled Marine combat veteran from the Iraq War. He served with the Marine infantry, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, for the first 8 months of the war in 2003. On July 20th 2003, he was wounded during a counter-ambush patrol, where he was hit with an IED. He has suffered PTSD, hearing loss, Behcet's Disease, and multiple other physical injuries due to his combat service since 2003.
In 2012, after being prescribed a service dog to mitigate his PTSD symptoms, Kenny began the process of trying to find an organization to obtain a service dog. While in the process of raising the funds for his service dog, Kenny contacted an old friend and Marine, Joshua Rivers. Kenny and Joshua had been close friends since serving together in Iraq in 2003. After discussing the resources and options available at the time, Kenny and Joshua realized the necessity for an organization like TBBF. Veterans deserve an organization that can place them with a certified and trained PTSD service dog; without burdening them with the financial impact most veterans simply cannot afford, or the geographic restrictions that most of the existing organizations have. It quickly became evident that placing veterans with PTSD service dogs was only one aspect of the healing process necessary to help veterans with PTSD and TBI. Working together with Joshua, and Kenny's brother and co-founder, Jon Campbell, The Battle Buddy Foundation was born. The Battle Buddy Foundation exists to meet the veteran wherever they may be in their healing process, and utilize this personal experience to offer the most 'veteran centered' programs possible.
TBBF is located at 8859 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd Suite 202 Olde West Chester, OH 45069.
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