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Jean Stomberski (far left) of Delta Theta Tau Sorority presents Pam Largent and Behesha Doan, both of This Able Veteran, with a donation. Also pictured is Cathy Stanford of Delta Theta Tau.

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CARBONDALE -- This Able Veteran received a donation of $5,892.20 from Delta Theta Tau Sorority Inc. on Aug. 12.

This award was made possible by an endowment from a member of the sorority. Jean Stomberski, of the Omicron Alpha Chapter in Woodlawn, made a presentation at the National Convention in Vancouver, Washington, in July. The delegation voted on the organization to receive the award and the amount.

This Able Veteran trains service dogs to support veterans with injuries. The service dogs are able to interrupt the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and to support veterans with mobility issues. The service dogs also are trained to respond to each individual veteran’s needs -- including to alert to signs of rising anxiety and to interrupt nightmares. Veterans are brought to the TAV campus and participate in a three-week Trauma Resiliency Program during which they are paired with and learn to work with their dogs. 

"We were impressed with the unique way in which This Able Veteran models its trauma recovery program to not only include the dogs and how the dogs will be used in long term recovery programs, but to also include the veterans’ therapists and the veterans’ families to help them regain their lives after the trauma of PTSD and other related illnesses," Stomberski said. "Our chapter, Omicron Alpha, was honored to present TAV as our sorority’s national philanthropic project."

"It is heart warming and energizing to have a group-on their own- appreciate the work of TAV to the point that they actively promote us," TAV President Pam Largent said. "The donation will go a long way to help make the Trauma Resiliency Program and service dogs available for our veterans. The support means a great deal to us."

Delta Theta Tau Sorority Inc. is a national women’s organization dedicated to the advancement of philanthropy and the helping of others. 

For more information, contact Michelle Rositch at 618-203-9063  or at michelle@thisableveteran.org.

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