Marywood University’s Student Veterans Alliance to host annual Tails for Troops event April 16 at McDade Park

For Abington Journal | March 15th, 2016 4:18 pm

SCRANTON — Marywood University’s Student Veterans Alliance is teaming up with the non-profit organization, Dog T.A.G.S., to raise money to pair veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), with rescued shelter or adopted dogs and put them through service dog training. The free event will take place from 12–3 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at McDade Park.

Dog T.A.G.S. is a non-profit organization that trains, assists, guides, and serves veterans who have been diagnosed by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) with PTSD, TBI, or MST, through the operation of a Service Dog Program. The rescued shelter or adopted dogs and the training are provided to the veterans free of charge. The program facilitates healing, assists in building self-confidence in the veterans, and helps increase bonds between the veterans and the dogs.

The goal of the event is to raise enough money to assist wounded military veterans, while at the same time rescuing shelter dogs. There will be a K-9 Talent and Dog Pageant with first and second place overall pageant awards for most patriotic and best trick, along with local shelter dogs available for adoption, food and local vendor sales, basket and 50/50 raffles and music by Rock 107’s Prospector.

For additional information, contact the Office of Military and Veteran Services at Marywood University at 570-961-4584 or

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