COWIC to donate $19,000 to Columbus Pets for Vets on Veterans Day

Dollars will help to provide companion animals to area veterans

The Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC), operator of the OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County Job Center, will make a donation of $19,125.00 to Columbus Pets for Vets to provide companion animals to veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), depression, or recovering from physical injury.

OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County will present the check on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015, at the Columbus Pets for Vets First Annual Veterans Day Celebration at VFW Post 9857, 2330 Stelzer Road in Columbus. The event is from 11:30am-1:30pm and the check presentation will be at 12:30pm. The event is a family fun day for veterans, their families, and pets. The VA Mobile Health Unit, Ohio Wounded Warriors, and other veterans resources will also be available.

“This is a significant donation for Columbus Pets for Vets that will enable us to provide trained canine companions to eight to ten of the veterans on our current waiting list,” said Columbus Pets for Vets Director Susan Schubert. “We select and train rescue dogs to meet the needs of the individual veteran at no cost to the veteran. The donation pays for training, dog food, veterinary care, licensing and all dog supplies to get the pair off to a great start.”

The donation comes after OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County received the 2015 Silver Veterans Ohio Net-work for Employment (Vets O.N.E.) Award from the Ohio Office of Workforce Development acknowledging the center’s Veterans Employment Network (VEN) and collaboration with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and other veterans organizations aimed at connecting veterans with employment. As part of the award, the job center was given $19,125.00 to donate to a veterans organization of its choice.

“At OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County, veterans receive priority of service,” said COWIC/OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County President and CEO Suzanne Coleman-Tolbert. “We are excited to be able to extend our commitment to making the transition for Franklin County’s veterans easier by making this donation to Columbus Pets for Vets.”

Contact: Brittany Westbrook, COWIC (614) 559-5163 [email protected]
Susan Schubert, Columbus Pets for Vets (614) 864-5111 [email protected]