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GMAR and Michigan State Police Trooper School Come Together to Sponsor Medical Service Dog

LANSING, Mich. -- Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs announced that in February 2019, Sgt. McRae of the Michigan State Police Trooper Recruit School set a goal: to honor Michigan State Trooper Craig A. Scott; a military veteran who was killed in the line of duty after 7 years on the force in 1982.

Each recruit class creates a Hero WOD (workout of the day) for a fellow trooper and performs the Hero WOD at the gym. This 135th trooper recruit school added a fundraiser with an ambitious goal. To raise $25,000 to sponsor the training of a medical service dog for a deserving recipient.

The members of the 135th Trooper Recruit School were well on their way to that goal, raising $9,200 during a Hero WOD. That's when GMAR (The Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS(R)), reached out to help them complete their goal. GMAR has already been involved in raising funds for service dogs for several years, with their "5 Years, 5 Dogs, 5 Lives Saved" campaign, and they have previously completed sponsorship of Service Dogs Cobalt REALTOR(R) Blue, and Thor, and have future Service Dog Independence, currently in-training.

On Monday, August 12, 2019 the two came together, and GMAR presented a check to The Michigan State Police for $15,725 - covering the balance of the Trooper Recruit School's sponsorship.

The funds raised and contributed will be sent to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, that has raised and trained more than 320 service dogs for deserving individuals in need nationwide, predominantly for veterans and first-responders.

To date, Guardian Angels has paired more than 20 dogs in the State of Michigan. But the waiting list continues to grow. The number of both veterans and first-responders facing issues such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizure and Diabetic disorders and mobility issues is steadily increasing, and it is the hope of the Michigan State Police and GMAR that this individually-trained medical service dog, yet named will greatly improve life for its future recipient.

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GMAR Shows their Support for Michigan Veterans by Raising Funds for Service Dogs through Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- The Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS(R) has undertaken an incredible 5-year journey called 5 Years, 5 Dogs, 5 Lives saved. In their quest to assist Michigan Veterans, struggling with disabilities such as PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Seizure disorders, and/or mobility issues, The Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS [GMAR] has partnered with Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs.

This partnership began in 2016, with their initial sponsorship of Service Dog, Cobalt REALTOR(R) Blue, who is now fully trained, and assisting Michigan Resident and Veteran, Matthew, in overcoming his challenges from war.

Next up, was GMAR's sponsored dog Thor, who Guardian Angels fully trained and paired with Michigan Resident and Veteran, Dwayne. Currently, GMAR has a sweet puppy in training, named Independence, or Indy for short. Indy is at the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog Headquarters in Williston, Florida, completing her training to serve another Michigan veteran and his or her family. Over the next two years, two additional dogs, still to be named by GMAR will be trained to help a Michigan Veteran.

The real and daily difference that the GMAR family is making by their commitment cannot be overstated. There are, tragically, 22 veterans each day that take their own lives in this country, but once paired with a Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog, not only does the rate of suicide fall to zero; the rate of divorce in combat veteran families falls to less than 1%. The Veteran's use of medication is reduced or eliminated under their Dr's care; in many instances, they return to work or school; and they are able to re-engage at last with friends, family and community.

Guardian Angels is honored to have been chosen to partner with the Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS(R), and inspired by their commitment to the Michigan Veteran Community. GMAR is truly saving lives, one paw at a time.

If you would like to support saving the lives of another veteran, please contact GMAR, or visit their website at:

About Guardian Angels:

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Williston, Florida and has grown into a nation-wide Service Dog Organization. We rescue, raise, train and donate individually trained medical service dogs to veterans, first responders and others who suffer from disabilities including PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, seizure disorders, mobility issues and more. Guardian Angels receives up to 40 inquiries each day for one of their medical Service Dogs. There is no state or federal funding available for this critical life-saving program. Since their inception in 2010, Guardian Angels has paired more than 300 individually trained medical service dogs with those in need.

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About GMAR:

The Greater Metropolitan Association of REALTORS(R) (GMAR) is the premier Association of REALTORS(R) in Southeast Michigan, providing services and support to the real estate profession and the communities they serve. With over 8,700 members, GMAR is the largest local REALTOR(R) association in the state. GMAR provides many benefits to its members, such as access to the MLS, over 220 quality continuing education and designation courses per year, the largest REALTOR(R) specific store in the area, the ToolShop(tm), Metropolitan Minute weekly newsletter and Metropolitan REALTOR(R) monthly electronic magazine. GMAR's mission is to educate, advocate, and care for our members and the communities they love.

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