After years of witnessing and experiencing the devastation caused by untreated or substance abuse and mental illnesses affecting military veterans, a pair of Metro Detroiters decided to create a program dedicated to alternative approaches to healing and recovery.
They launched Prevention Concepts in 2012, and host an annual event to raise awareness and get help for local veterans in need. This year's event, scheduled for next weekend at the Deer Lake Athletic Club in Clarkston, will take on additional significance as the organization plans to donate a canine to a recovering veteran in memory of Sgt. Collin Rose, a Wayne State University Police canine handler who was killed in the line of duty in 2016.
During the event, there will be a silent auction, raffle and door prizes, and signed photos with Military Dog of the Year, 2014, K-9 Chaney and his handler, Marine Veteran, Matt Hatala.
All of the proceeds from the benefit will directly fund the canine assisted therapy program, military families, and transitional housing for at-risk veterans.
Organization founders David Dudek and Josh Barrett visited the Fox2 News Studios Sunday morning with a group of supporters and two very special dogs.
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