The “We Serve with Honor” Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign depicts how service dogs help veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) negotiate physical and emotional hazards, at home and in public. Copies of these 15- to 30-second television spots are available to media outlets.
Psychiatric service dogs perform such actions as:
- Gently nudging an individual to interrupt flashbacks.
- Keeping others at comfortable distances.
- Checking around corners, and guiding through crowds.
According to the organization, handlers of psychiatric service dogs--and service-dogs-in-training--are granted access rights in the state of Iowa identical to that of handlers of seeing-eye dogs, which enjoy a longer history of recognition and acceptance by the public.
The campaign was officially launched at a Mar. 28 event held at the Gold Star Museum, Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa. “So many businesses and organizations donated time, talent, and resources to this project, we wanted to celebrate this as a shared achievement,” says Nicole Shumate (“shoe-mayt”), executive director for Paws & Effect. “We also wanted to introduce our next litter of puppies, who will be named and trained in honor of the Iowa National Guard soldiers currently deployed to Afghanistan.”
The campaign recently won a Gold “ADDY” from the Des Moines Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) in the Public Service category, and a Silver “ADDY” in a four-state district comprising Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri AAF chapters. The campaign has advanced to national competition.
“Each year, more than 50,000 entries are submitted to the ADDY awards,” says Kathleen Riessen, 2nd lieutenant governor of AAF District 9. “To be eligible to compete among the top 3,000 nationwide is a huge honor and tribute to the high quality of the work.”
Participants and donors in the “We Serve with Honor” PSA campaign and launch event included:
- Uniform manufacturers Propper International Inc., Weldon Spring, Mo.
- The EnAble and Valor employee resource groups of PepsiCo/Quaker Oats, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
- Hy-Vee grocery store: 5750 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa.
- Canine Craze Performance Center, 3101 104th St. #3, Urbandale, Iowa.
- Off-duty soldiers and airmen of the Iowa National Guard.
For more information on the Paws & Effect organization, visit: paws-effect.blogspot.com
Selections from the PSA campaign, including "outtakes," can also be viewed at: www.thewoodsproductions.com