Published: Mar 19, 2014 6:14 AM EDT
Updated: Mar 19, 2014 6:18 AM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. -  ALTAIR Training Solutions, a Special Operations training facility located at the historical Copeland prison site, is sponsoring its annual “Bark-a-Que” to benefit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, a nonprofit dedicated to pairing combat wounded veterans with PTSD service dogs, free of charge.

“Almost one active soldier or veteran per hour attempts suicide and a few die each day at their own hand. Psychotropic medications aren't generally working as a therapy. We are hosting this event because we want to be part of the solution. I was paired on Veteran’s Day 2012 with 'Sarge' and this service animal has changed my life,” explained Brian Jones, CEO of ALTAIR and retired Sgt. Major, U.S. Army.

Last year’s event raised $50,000 the day of the event and $50,000 was brought in as a result of the event totaling $100,000, allowing 4 veterans to receive service dogs. ALTAIR was named Donor of the year by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs in 2013.

The ALTAIR “Bark-a-Que” will happen Saturday, March 22nd from 11am-3pm and costs $35 per person, including a catered lunch, shooting demonstrations with range safety officers, 50/50 raffle, service dog “meet and greet,” silent auction, children’s play area, prizes and a chance to win round trip airfare, and a week long getaway at a luxurious mountain lodge.

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