2015 Recap

We'd like to thank everyone who played a hand in making our 5th Annual Prayer Breakfast such a resounding success! We had amazing speakers, powerful music, and a great audience that filled our event to capacity, and we couldn't be happier!

If you missed it, if you'd like to experience it again or share it with friends, you can see the 5th Annual Prayer Breakfast in its entirety here:

Thank you again and God bless!

Every Soldier has a story and for the last 4 years, 2 days before its Race for a Soldier Half Marathon, the Permission to Start Dreaming (PTSD) Foundation has offered a forum for extraordinary warriors to tell theirs.  

Canine Boomer, a friend of SpikesK9Fund.orgWe cordially invite you to join us for the Annual Prayer Breakfast on September 25th 2015 featuring retired SEAL TEAM 6, Senior Chief James Hatch.  Wounded while on the hunt for Cpl Bowe Bergdahl, Sr Chief James Hatch will share his story and devotion to military K-9’s, out of devotion to Spike, his charge that saved his life that fateful night.

Recently interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360, Senior Chief Petty Officer James Hatch is a 25 year Navy wounded veteran and recipient of the Silver Star Medal, is the Founder and President of both Spikes Consulting and Spikes K9 Fund, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for better gear for our service dogs and providing after-care when they become sick or injured. Senior Chief Hatch served 22 years with the SEAL Teams, and several as the Team Leader of our most elite group of SEALs based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

His experience in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, taught him hard-earned lessons learned from his career and personal experience around the world. Today he shares these lessons with of audiences range from enlisted sailors about to deploy to hedge fund managers on Wall Street.

SpikesK9Fund.org“While I was a member of the military I learned that I had a good ability to communicate and to convey difficult concepts clearly and efficiently," shares Senior Chief James. As a Master Training Specialist and Special Operations K-9 handler, he trained other service-members in live close-quarters shooting and high altitude parachuting as well as training K-9’s for combat operations. This ability now translated to helping others with life’s stresses and how to handle them.

James recalls, “The period of my life post being wounded was probably the most difficult thing I’ve encountered and I learned, as I was merely a spectator at this point, that the human spirit is indeed something special.” Owing to that pressure-tested life experience, he relates the tenets of his own recovery and resilience in a compelling way that resonates with men and women, whether they have been in harm’s way or benefits from the freedom afforded by those who have.

For more information on his passion project, Spikes K9 Fund, go to www.spikesk9fund.org.

Army Infantryman Captain Josh BrandonIn addition, Army Infantryman Captain Josh Brandon introduced at last year’s Prayer Breakfast via his Full Ruck video, will share his experiences of 3 tours in Iraq and how mountaineering has played a major role in his healing.  Presently doing yeoman’s work with Project Cohort, Brandon headed up the Sierra Club Military Outdoors Adventure Program that the Foundation supports.    

A proud partner since our Foundation’s inception, the USO’s Don Leingang, Executive Director of the USO Northwest and Retired Commander, US Navy, will share his articulate message about today’s Soldier. Of his many achievements as Executive Director, his most recent has been dedicated to restoring the aging and well-worn USO Sea-Tac Facility. It is now a stunning and beautiful example of the USO’s devotion to making Soldiers and their families feel welcome and loved.