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Deloitte’s Puppy With a Purpose

Helping veterans and first responders regain their independence

Through Deloitte’s sponsorship of America’s VetDogs Corporate Puppy with a Purpose Program, Deloitte will help a veteran or first responder receive a service dog, likely after several years of waiting, which will ultimately enable them to live a more independent life.

A veteran’s emotional story of resilience on and off the field

In the best problem I ever had podcast series, retired US Navy Corpsman Joe Worley shares the physical and mental struggle of recovering from being hit by an IED in Iraq. From learning to live without the use of his leg to the feeling of being a burden to his family, Joe had to learn how to accept help. Little did he know the impact a four-legged friend named Benjamin would have.

"Benjamin spiritually and physically pulled me out of the wheelchair…I don't want to claim that I was depressed, but I was void… [and now] I don’t have to feel guilty about asking for help."

Hear Joe’s story and how a service dog from America’s VetDogs helped him regain his independence.

 

Benny is a black lab puppy and future service dog currently in training to work with a veteran or first responder with a disability. Deloitte’s sponsorship of Benny will ultimately enable a veteran or first responder to receive a service dog and live a more independent life.

Benny joins Deloitte from America’s VetDogs as part of Deloitte’s commitment to military members and their families. The service dog program with America’s VetDogs was created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities, allowing them to live with pride and self-reliance. The organization specializes in placing highly skilled service and guide dogs to individuals with physical injuries, PTSD, hearing and vision loss, and seizures. Its mission is to help those who have served our country honorably live with dignity and independence.

Benny is being raised by Deborah Golden, US Cyber & Strategic Risk leader, who has raised seven service puppies – two of them (Cedar and Todd) full time during their entire “puppy in training” activities. Deborah got into dog training to serve a higher purpose and give back to the community by helping people live a more independent life – a decision that Deborah describes as “one of the best, most fulfilling” of her life. Deborah will spend the next 12-14 months raising Benny as part of the Deloitte family – living at her home, taking him on her various travels around the world – from virtual meetings to the office to client sites, and helping him achieve his training milestones.

While this is Deborah’s seventh service dog (third full-time), this puppy is the first she is training through America’s VetDogs – and specifically a puppy focused on PTSD skills. After having worked with the Guide Dog Foundation for years, she was inspired to continue her work via the America’s VetDog program because of her family history, which is rich with former service members such as her great uncle George Golden, who was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously for U.S. Army service during World War I. Honoring the family legacy and working with Benny as he prepares to offer support to someone who has served our country carries extra meaning.

Benny is making an impact every day – whether he is training or “off duty” and ready to play – Benny helps to make Deloitte a more productive, innovative, and inclusive place to be.

The people have spoken: Benny voted cutest dog in DC

Join us in celebrating Benny as the People’s Choice winner in Washingtonian Magazine’s ‘cutest dog’ photo contest! Benny has been crowned the People’s Choice winner of Washingtonian Magazine’s 2021 Cutest Dog Photo Contest! Out of nearly 800 applicants, Benny received the most online votes for cutest dog in Washington, DC. Way to go, Benny!

 

Follow Benny the Future Service Dog

To stay up to day on Benny's progress and training, follow him on Instagram or Twitter @BennyServicePup.

In the news

Deloitte Sponsors an America’s VetDogs Future Service Dog for a Military Veteran or First Responder

Media Contacts:

Shelley Pfaendler
Public Relations
Deloitte Services LP
+1 212 492 4484
spfaendler@deloitte.com

Allison Storck
Public Relations
America’s VetDogs and The Guide Dog Foundation
+1 631 334 2615
Allison@VetDogs.org

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