The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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August 31, 2013

Unbreakable bond: Dog therapy program helps veterans deal with PTSD issue


PALESTINE — Needing Assistance

Due to budget cuts with the organization Williams has worked with in the past, the VVA Chapter Dogwood 991 in Palestine has stepped in to help raise awareness about the training program Williams offers and how the public can help in her efforts to assist veterans with PTSD.

“It’s a wonderful program and as a veterans’ organization we want to step up and help with monetary donations and other things Lisa needs to take some of the burden off of her financially,” Ayo told Williams. “We certainly respect what you (Williams) do. Not only does it help veterans, it saves dogs.”

Monetary donations and dog food are Williams’ biggest needs, but assistance with spaying and neutering and other veterinarian-related bills would be helpful as well. Williams suggested Purina Dog Chow (not large dog brand) and Nylabones® (not rawhides). She also could use old towels and blankets. Stuffed animals are not suggested.

Dogwood Trails Assisted Living and Memory Care Center, located at 1625 W. Spring St. in Palestine, will serve as a local drop-off location for monetary donations and other items. For more information locally, call Debbie Wesson at 903-373-8639.

Monetary donations also can be sent to directly to Williams at the following address: Lisa Williams, 3339 Speegle Rd., Waco, Texas, 6712. Contact her via email at

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