Shari Duval, founder of K9s for Warriors

Shari Duval—founder and president of K9s for Warriors, which pairs veterans who suffer from PTSD and other wounds of war with rescue dogs who’ve been specially trained as service dogs to help these veterans function more effectively in civilian life—recounts how concern over profound changes in her son, Brett Simon, after he returned from two tours of duty in Iraq spurred her to launch the organization. David_WilcoShe recalls how at the culmination of her research, she felt the best way to help her son, and other veterans plagued by PTSD—in no small measure because of Simon’s background as a K9 police handler—was for them to train rescue dogs to help these warriors. Duval alexandskip2-520159440e6cbdescribes how K9s for Warriors functions, both in terms of the training of the dogs and the veterans (chiefly during a three-week stint at the organization’s Ponte Vedra, FL facility), and that in only three years of k9existence, they’ve forged 147 dog/veteran teams. She shares some specific warrior success stories, enthuses about the new 17,000 square-feet facility under construction in Nocatee, FL, and notes that the operation is funded strictly by private donations. (

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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