HMS Technologies, Inc. (HMS), and AMC Health, has teamed up with Hero-Dogs, Inc, a non-profit corporation, to sponsor service dogs for our nation’s heroes, disabled Veterans, as part of our “Care at Home and From the Heart” program to give back to the Veteran community.
The Hero Dog program has been created to improve quality of life for our nation’s heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge with lifetime support of the partnerships. Hero-Dogs provides service dogs to veterans of the U.S. military and first responders with disabilities.
Why this matters…
The VA has estimated that nearly 20% of veterans returning from war experience PTSD and/or depression. When Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are part of the equation, the percentage of veterans suffering from debilitating symptoms is much higher and includes flashbacks, social anxiety and nightmares. (Source: VA.) Over 30% of Veterans suffer from multiple chronic conditions (MCC) that often lead to adverse impacts on health, function, and quality of life.(Source: NCBI.)
A service dog not only assists with physical tasks that may be difficult or impossible for a person with a disability to accomplish, but also can perform tasks to mitigate negative mental health responses and interrupt anxiety behaviors.
“It is our hope that we can inspire others and have them join us on this journey of watching a puppy become a service support buddy and best friend that helps improve the life of one of our service heroes who have served our great country – and there is more to come.”– Bill Kirkpatrick, CEO of HMS Technologies
Meet “Roo”, our first AMC Health Hero Dog!
“When asked why HMS Technologies and AMC Health chose to sponsor a hero dog for a Veteran, our answer was simple – because they inspire us to do more for them, every day.”– Nesim Bildirici, CEO, AMC Health
What leadership is saying…
“We provide virtual care technology and services for all of our customers, both Commercial and Veteran, alike. Our purpose is clear – help those living with chronic conditions to lead healthier lives and maintain their independence. Our Veteran members are the inspiration behind what we do best –providing virtual Care at Home and From The Heart,” said, Nesim Bildirici, CEO, AMC Health.
“When asked why HMS Technologies and AMC Health chose to sponsor a hero dog for a Veteran, our answer was simple – because they inspire us to do more for them, every day,” Bildirici said.
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Please forward all inquiries regarding the Hero Dogs program, or submit your own Hero Dog story, through the contact information below:
Hero Dogs Program media contact for AMC Health:
Sean Roberts, 877-776-1746