Battle Buddies was founded in 2012 by John and Jo Anne Creed. John served in the Marines and their son Ryan in the Army. After training mobility service dogs for several years the Creeds saw a need in South Carolina for service dogs for veterans suffering with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.
Service dogs are a proven recovery tool for PTSD. The puppies begin training at 8 weeks old and are placed with their veteran around 18 months. Veterans receive their service dogs free of charge. . Battle Buddies relies on donations and fundraising to continue their mission. The service dogs meets all standards for Assistance Dogs in Public Access and relating tests for Public Access. Battle Buddies is committed to help veterans regain their physical and emotional independence.
Battle Buddies, will be hosting their first annual 1940’s Swingin’ Soirée fundraiser on March 9, 2019, at the Fountain Inn Activities Center at 6:00 p.m. sponsored by North American Rescue. Dance and dine your way back to the great 1940s era with an era-inspired dinner, the big band sounds of The Greenville Jazz Collective, and the swingin’ moves of the Greenville Lindy Hoppers, who will also provide a group swing dance lesson at the beginning of the evening. We will have WWII relics on display, generously provided by the US Military History Museum. And our beloved, local TV personality, Jamarcus Gaston, will keep the evening flowing as our master of ceremonies. 1940s era-style attire is strongly recommended. There will be prizes for best 1940s costumes, and best swing dance couple. The evening is sure to delight you with feelings of nostalgia.
Tickets are $40 per person, and then $50 after Feb. 23, 2019. Tickets are limited and available through www.battlebuddiessc.org and eventbrite.com. All proceeds go to support Battle Buddies mission to help our veterans regain their independence and return to civilian life.