Rebuilding Warriors, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides service dogs to veterans, presented Service K9 Tex to Veteran Juan Solis at Humble’s Tin Roof Barbecue Saturday, July 22.
Humble’s Tin Roof Barbecue hosts presentation of Service K9 Tex, thanks those who serve country.
Solis enlisted in the Marine Corps in June of 2005 as an infantryman in Twentynine Palms, Calif. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who has served three deployments to many locations throughout Iraq. In June of 2009, Solis ended his time in service with the title of corporal. He has received several awards and certificates of appreciation during his time serving.
Solis is a disabled veteran who has received much support from different organizations, and said he chooses to pay it forward to all the communities that have made a great impact on him.
Rebuilding Warriors honored Solis and gave him a highly trained, 16-month-old Belgian Malinois, with all expenses of the service dog paid off. Jeff Anderson, CEO of Rebuilding Warriors, said, “The cost is free to the veteran. The toys, food, kennel, shots and training are already provided, so there is zero cost out of the veteran’s pocket.”
Tex was sired by a retired police dog who served eight-and-a-half years for the community. Amy Noyes, trainer of Tex, said, “We thought it was a great legacy for Tex to pay it forward. He is really mellow, which is good for any anxiety Juan may have. This will be a great partnership and I cannot wait to hear what it will bring for their future.”
Solis’ traumatic issues suffered from combat will be assisted by Tex. Noyes trained the K9 for 14 months.
“It is a hard to open up with family about your experiences in Iraq, but Juan can share every secret with this dog knowing it won’t go anywhere,” said Anderson.
Solis was presented with Tex and given a leash that read Rebuilding Warriors on one side and Tex Solis on the other.
“I don’t know how to express how much it means to me to Jeff, Kristen, and Amy and everyone involved. I am very grateful,” said Solis.
Tex will now be a resident of the Katy area with Juan, Solis’ wife and their two children.
Nancy Webber, co-owner of Tin Roof Barbecue, was also presented with an award for all her appreciation and support of the Rebuilding Warriors foundation. They thanked her for her open arms to veterans and foundations supporting the men and women who have served.
Webber also supports The Banded Brigade, an organization providing morale-boosting through outdoor events for those who served in any branch of military. Members of the brigade were on hand to watch Solis welcome Tex.
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