In loving memory of Cpl Dane Freedman
Two ways to make a donation
Dane's Dogs for Vets
Connecting dogs with Veterans struggling with PTS in loving memory of Cpl Dane Freedman
We want to stress the life-changing progress that Dane experienced with the help of his service dog, Lager. Lager passed away suddenly in Danes arms 20 days before he took his own life, it was more than his precious heart could take. He kept walking around saying "I have such a hole in my heart, why did my boy have to die?" We have started a separate fund in which we will utilize the money raised to donate 8 week old German Shepherd puppies to struggling veterans. The purpose of this process is to help establish a therapuetic bond between the veteran and the dog as early as possible, We will work on a case by case basis with the veteran and their dog to help place them into a training program.
Each year, depending on the amount of money we receive in donations, we will donate therapy/service dog(s) to a struggling veteran(s) in need. Therapy/service dogs greatly improve a veterans quality of life and have been proven to reduce anxiety and stress. Your donation to this fund will be directly used to cover the following: the cost of the therapy/service puppy, a crate, a leash, a collar, one bag of puppy food, and the delivery of the puppy to the veteran.
We are thrilled to announce that with the help of your donations, we have been able to grant therapy/service puppies to sixteen veterans around the country. We want to thank Kay Dale at "Poje German Shepherds" in Arkansas for reaching out to us and making this all possible. Please click here to visit her kennel webpage. Danes story truly touched her heart and she has partnered with us in placing these puppies. She is already organizing fundraisers to raise money for this fund in her area and has offered to drive to various places all over the country to drop these puppies off to those veterans in need.
Federal Tax ID number: 46-4964593
If you're interested in donating to Dane's Dogs for Vets, make checks payable to:
Cpl Dane Freedman PTSD Service Dog Fund
c/o S&T Bank
3345 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Please click here for updates on dog placements.
July 10th, 2017: Andy Saft & Mike Black of the Central Pennsylvania Corvette Club present a donation to Dane's Dogs for Vets in the amount of $13,000.00!! Andy's incredible fundraising efforts during this event went above and beyond anything we ever could have imagined. We are so appreciative that your club chose our cause for your annual fundraiser this year.
RIP Lager 8/29/12-11/23/13
September 9th, 2017: Capital City Chapter 430 Star Touring & Riding & Hanover Chapter 443 Star Touring & Riding presents a donation to Dane's Dogs for Vets in the amount of $2,647.00 following their annual BBQ fundraiser held in June. Your continued support for our cause is greatly appreciated in changing the lives of our veterans!
Some things to consider:
Please allow 4-6 weeks for our committee to process your application.
Filling out an application DOES NOT guarantee the placement of a GSD.
Please don’t allow the length of the application to deter you from filling one out. We like to gather as much information as we can to properly accommodate your needs as well as the dogs.
All sections of the application and all additional documents must be completed and attached to be considered for a GSD placement.
We will do our best to work with each individual on a case-by-case basis.
Cpl Dane M. D. Freedman Suicide Awareness Scholarship Fund
Dane was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of being accepted into Penn State Main Campus. Unfortunately, his symptoms of PTSD became too much to handle while going to school and he was not able to receive any help at the school so he took a medical withdrawal after only one and a half semesters. We would like to award a scholarship to a student who is struggling with mental health issues but really wants to go to college. We will be talking at schools about the importance of reaching out to someone when you are suffering with depression, anxiety and/or suicidal thoughts. PTSD is real and we must open the lines of communication especially where veterans are concerned.
It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help.
If you're interested in donating to Danes scholarship fund, make checks payable to:
Cpl Dane M D Freedman Suicide Awareness
c/o Integrity Bank
3345 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Federal Tax ID number: 52-2389022