Big Paws Canine Foundation raises money for veteran services

DEADWOOD S.D. (KOTA TV) - A non-profit uses a poker game to support our nation’s hero's.

The Big Paws Canine Foundation held a poker game at The Lodge at Deadwood to raise money for their organization.

They train and donate service dogs to disabled veterans for little to no cost.

Everyday 23 veterans commit suicide in the Untied Stated, according to Veteran Affairs.

Big Paws believes that service dogs can decrease that number.

Each dog is specially trained for two years, learning more than 150 tasks and commands that include assisting with PTSD and brain injuries.

Veteran and organizer, Lacy Curl said her service dog has made her life better.

"When I was diagnosed with PTSD a lot of times the VA wants to give you medications. A lot of people don’t want to take medications,” said Curl. “A service dog is a good way to combat some of the issues of PTSD.”

Solomon’s Guard Motorcycle Riders Association partnered with Big Paws to help raise money, as they are looking to expand to the west side of South Dakota.

“Anyone can say I support the veterans, but when it comes down to it we are helping support veterans in a different way by supplying a necessary tool for everyday life,” said Dustin Johnson with Solomon’s Guard.

If you would like to apply for a service dot or volunteer visit Big Paws Canine.