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TAMKO Donates Roof for Veterans Service Dog Project

New Patriot PAWS guest house built with support of Dallas Builders Association will provide space for veterans to stay and train with their new service dogs during pairing process.

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, a Texas-based nonprofit that trains and provides service dogs to disabled American veterans at no cost, will open a new guest home to accommodate traveling veterans from across the country while they’re paired with a new service dog –all thanks to generous donations from a group of manufacturers and contractors, including The Dallas Builders Association and TAMKO Building Products, Inc.

The Dog HouseThe new Patriot PAWS guest home is scheduled to be completed in late 2018. The 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home is ADA compliant and can host veterans as they go through the 2-week process of being paired with a service dog. During this period, veterans live and train with their dogs at the guest house, before being sent home with their new furry caregivers. The service dogs and use of the new guest home are provided at no cost to the veterans.

This project was made possible through donations from multiple manufacturers, distributors and contractors, and through a partnership with the Dallas Builders Association. Builder Captains for this project were Donnie Evans and Gregg McGriff of Altura Homes and Mike Mishler of Mishler Builders.

“Although Patriot PAWS is located in Texas, their impact is felt nationwide, and we are proud to have members who generously help when called upon,” said Sheena Beaver, education director and executive administrator for the Dallas Builders Association. “Without TAMKO’s donation, this project would have been financially burdensome and this beacon of hope would still be just a dream.”

Veteran with service dogThis is the first Patriot PAWS project for TAMKO, but support for veterans is a longtime focus of the Missouri-based building products manufacturer, which donated the roof system for the new facility.

“Between Hero Flights, Honor Flights and roof donations for wounded vets, TAMKO has a long history of supporting our heroes,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “And we appreciate what veterans bring to the job – more than 15 percent of our employees have a military background. When we heard about the Patriot PAWS organization, we knew that we wanted to find a way to support them in the important work that they’re doing for veterans.”

Veteran in wheelchair with service dogPatriot PAWS provides a crucial and much-needed service. There are currently 3.8 million U.S. veterans with a service-connected disability rating*, and Patriot PAWS receives around 400 requests for service dogs every month from people across the nation. The process to raise and train a service dog takes approximately two years and can cost up to $34,000. Since its start in 2006, Patriot PAWS has placed 187 service dogs and has 92 veterans on a waiting list.

“We owe veterans far more than we can ever repay, but we’re doing what we can, four paws at a time,” said Lori Stevens, founder and executive director of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. “We admire companies like TAMKO that realize and appreciate the true value of veterans.”

The service dogs are trained by volunteers, other veterans, inmates in the Texas Corrections System, and students from the University of North Texas. Patriot PAWS’ 3-acre location includes a 25-run kennel facility and a dedicated training facility. Between the training facility and the Prison Training Program, the organization can train about 60 dogs at a time, and places 10 to 15 service dogs with veterans every year.

*Source: United States Census Bureau, 2014 American Community Survey
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About Patriot Paws

Patriot PAWS is a nonprofit focused on training and providing high-quality service dogs to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at absolutely no cost to the individual. The organization was founded in 2006 and has grown from a small storefront to a 3-acre facility. You can learn more about Patriot PAWS at patriotpaws.org.

About the Dallas Builders Association

The Dallas Builders Association, chartered in 1944, is a trade association representing all segments of the residential building industry in the Dallas Metropolitan area. Its mission is to enhance its members ability to provide safe, affordable, quality housing to the citizens of the local communities. Learn more at dallasbuilders.com.

About TAMKO


TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products. For more information about TAMKO, visit our website at www.tamko.com.