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Veteran Voices: Kelvin Valedez

By Delia Engstrom Kelvin Valdez retired from the Marine Corps in 2015 but still has a battle buddy at his side- his service dog Belleau. Born in Brooklyn, Valdez enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1998 and spent nearly 18 years serving his country at various duty stations and on deployments. This father of three…

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Veteran Voices: Jessica Rambo

By Hatley Wood Jessica Rambo is a Marine, having served 10 years in the USMC as a Combat Cameraman. She’d been around the military long before she enlisted in 2006, though – her mother spent 6 years in the Navy and an additional 14 years in the Coast Guard. She is enrolled as an art…

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Semper K9 Assistance Dogs Honored at Hero’s Journey Gala at Arena Stage

Quantico, VA- During The John P. Mayhugh Foundation’s annual Hero’s Journey Gala in DC, Semper K9 Assistance Dogs was awarded the ‘Thank You for Making a Difference’ award for its outstanding service to the veteran community. Also honored was U.S. Representative Brian J. Mast (FL-18). He received the Hero’s Journey Lifetime Achievement Award which recognized…

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Semper K9 Assistance Dogs Nominated for Vettys® Award

Quantico, VA- Nationally recognized veteran service organization, Semper K9 Assistance Dogs, has been nominated for Academy of United States Veterans Veterans Awards (Vettys®.) Semper K9’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of wounded service members and their families by providing them custom-trained service dogs. Utilizing rescue dogs from high-kill shelters and some donated…

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Semper K9 Birthday: Kicking Off Our Fifth Year

Four years ago, when we were creating our five-year plan for Semper K9, we had no idea that we would have progressed this much as an organization. As we kick off our fifth year, we are excited about all the opportunities coming our way, and the ones we don’t know about as of yet! Join us…

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Semper K9’s Tiny House Adventures Have Begun

By Amanda Baity When we started Semper K9 almost 5 years ago, we had no idea what our future would look like…other than the mission itself. We had plans on what we wanted to do but we didn’t know what that actually looked like. One year into operations we rented an old family farmhouse on…

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Loveless Porter Bringing Vision for “Camp Semper K9” to Life

Provided by Loveless Porter Architects, LLC Semper K9 Assistance Dogs is a passion for Marine Corps combat veteran Christopher Baity and his wife Amanda Baity.  They formed the nonprofit in 2014 to rescue dogs to train as service animals for military veterans living with injuries or PTSD. When Manassas-based architect Sean Porter, owner of Loveless…

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