TADSAW Mission

The TADSAW, INC. mission is to provide for the training of a Medical Alert Service Dog, as designated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990/2010 guidelines, for any wounded Veteran Service Member (Active Duty. Retired, Discharged) surviving with Military Induced Anxiety Depression Syndrome (MIADS), post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), in order to restore and improve the Veteran’s Quality of Life with a canine ‘Battle Buddy’, at NO CHARGE  to the Veteran or the family.  The ‘Elevator Speech Version” or short version of the TADSAW Mission Statement is to provide for the training of a Medical Alert Service Dog to improve a person’s Quality of Life and PREVENT SUICIDE!!! This is to the POINT!!

Latest TADSAW News

2024 NAPE Expo

Bart attended the 2024 NAPE Expo in early February to receive their donation to TADSAW for the 3rd year in a row! Nape organizers were excited that Bart shared about the impact they have made for TADSAW. “NAPE has given TADSAW the ability to spread the word about our program and in turn, train service dogs for those who need it”. He also got to connect with so many people and form new relationships! Thank You NAPE!

TADSAW INC is proud of our African American Veterans & Clients who have participated in the TADSAW Participant Trained Service Dog (PTSD) programs since TADSAW began in July 2010. TADSAW, as well, is the leader of Service Dog Providers in the area of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, striving to mirror the demographics of Our Military and Veteran populations with disabilities. 30% of OUR Teams are Female Veterans. 25% of Our Teams are MST Survivors, and 27% of Our Teams are Minorities, having accredited 396 Service Dog Teams throughout their communities, represented by 154 African American (M:70//F:84) and 196 Hispanic Latina (M:123//F:73) and 46 other Ethnic (M:28//F:18) Teams. We are not hyphenated – WE ARE AMERICANS!!

Thank You all for, your sacrifices for and service to Our Country, serving in all of the United States conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the present, and still sacrificing today in Syria.

Suicide Prevention

This year, TADSAW is revising the narrative to destigmatize the client’s medical conditions and focus on improving the client’s Quality of Life and Prevent Suicide with TADSAW’s Participant Trained Service Dog (PTSD) programs. TADSAW has always been available 24/7 365 and remains this way.

Since July 2010, TADSAW has processed over 17,000 Veteran applications, and that equates to over 17,000 Suicide Interventions, as the Veteran reached out to get information on how to move forward with improving their Quality of Life, with a Medical Alert Service Dog, as opposed to the existing therapies offered thru the VA system. And as per  evidence based research based on PRO (Patient Reported Outcomes), TADSAW has accredited over 1,460 Medical Alert Service Dog Teams, and this means over 1,460 SUICIDES PREVENTED.

There is evidence that the over emphasis of mental health/mental illness condition  actually causes many individuals not to seek treatment due to the stigmatization of the medical condition. TADSAW seeks to destigmatize the anxiety and depression caused by occupational or environmental factors towards a behavioral issue, which will allow more individuals to come forward and get assistance.

2024 Accredited TADSAW Teams

As of February 21st 2024 TADSAW has accredited:

  • 13 Medical Alert Service Dog Teams (M: 8//F: 5)
  • ONE Vietnam Veteran (M:1//F: not yet!)
  • ONE TADSAF (Train a Dog – Save a Family Member) Team (F:1//M:not yet!
  • ONE TADSAC (Train a Dog – Save a Child/Civilian/Community member) Team (F:1//M:not yet!)

2023 Accredited TADSAW Teams

As of December 31st 2023 TADSAW accredited

  • 84  Medical Alert Service Dog Teams (M:46//F:38)
  • 13 Vietnam Veteran (M:12//F: ONE)
  • TWO TADSAF (Train a Dog – Save a Family Member) Team (F:2//M: not yet!)
  • ONE TADSAR (Train a Dog – Save a First Responder) Team (F:1//M: not yet!)
  • 10 TADSAC (Train a Dog – Save a Child/Community Member) Team (F:7//M:3)

TADSAW INC Statistics

July 2010 thru February 21st 2024

  • Suicides Prevented: 1,450+

  • Total TADSAW Teams: 1,474 (M: 1,026//F: 448)

  • Vietnam Veteran Teams: 167 (M: 155//F: 12)

  • Korean War Veteran Teams: 2

  • TADSAF Teams: 71

  • TADSAR Teams: 10

  • TADSAC Teams: 43

  • TOTAL Texas Service Dog Teams: 757

  • TOTAL Other State Service Dog Teams: 717

TADSAW Diversity

TADSAW is the leader of Service Dog Providers in the area of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion striving to mirror the demographics of Our Military and Veteran population with disabilities. TADSAW Statistics thru January 31st 2024:

  • 30% of Our Teams are Female Veterans (#444)
  • 26% of Our Teams are MST Survivors (#387- Female & Male)
  • 27% of Our Teams are Minorities (accredited #396 Service Dog Teams)
    154 African-American Teams: (10.50%) M: 70//F: 84
    196 Hispanic-Latina Teams: (13.37%) M: 123//F: 73
      16 Native American Teams: (1.09%) M: 9//F: 7
      17 Jewish American Teams: (1.16%) M: 13//F: 4
     13 Asian Pacific American Teams:  (0.89%) M: 6//F: 7
  • Military Branch Statistics (Includes the TADSAF program)
    901 U.S. Army (61.46%) M:647//F:254
    174 U.S. Marine Corps (11.87%) M:136//F:38
    176 U.S. Navy (12.00%) M:132//F:44
    U.S. Air Force (10.57%) M:81//F:74
        8 U.S. Coast Guard (0.55%) M:4//F:4
  • 71 TADSAF Family Member (4.86%) M:10//F:61
  • 10 TADSAR First Responder (0.68%) M:6//F:4
  • 42 TADSAC Child/Civilian/Community member (2.87%)  M:9//F:33
  • 167 Vietnam War Veterans **ALL BRANCHES (11.39%) M:155//F:12

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We believe EVERYONE with disabilities and long term medical conditions should be able to get a service dog.

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Day of Remembrance

Thursday, February 22nd 2024
A Monthly Tradition since 2013
Day of Remembrance for Our Veterans who are no longer with us. Check on those Veterans who might be in a “BADD” place!


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