Nestle Purina provides donation to PTSD service dog organization

Nestle Purina President and CEO Joseph Sivewright (left) presents Phil Goodwin and President of This Able Veteran Pam Largent with a $25,000 donation. The gift will be used to pay for one dog to go through the  vetting process and service dog training to be placed with a veteran suffering from PTSD. (Submitted Photo)

Nestle Purina President and CEO Joseph Sivewright (left) presents Phil Goodwin and President of This Able Veteran Pam Largent with a $25,000 donation. The gift will be used to pay for one dog to go through the
vetting process and service dog training to be placed with a veteran suffering from PTSD. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – The efforts of an O’Fallon alderman and City Clerk will provide a service dog to a veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) very soon.

Nestle Purina presented a donation of $25,000 to This Able Veteran, a program that provides service dogs to veterans with PTSD. The money will go exclusively to paying for the 15 months of intense, quality training the dog receives prior to being partnered with a veteran.

O’Fallon’s City Clerk Phil Goodwin has worked extensively with This Able Veteran for years and turned to his friend, Alderman Gene McCoskey, for help with the program.

“Gene is senior vice-president at Nestle Purina. About a year ago, he said Purina gives money out for programs like TAV all the time and that we should apply. We applied and were told we’d been awarded the money last November. We’re very thankful and hopefully, this is the first of many donations to come,” Goodwin said.

For more information on This Able Veteran, visit www.ThisAbleVeteran.org.