Fox News radio stations seem to think Shannon Walker is the go-to expert voice representing the power of a service-dog in the life of combat veterans. No wonder. Shannon Walker is the founder and CEO of Northwest Battle Buddies, a non-profit foundation that matches expertly trained service-dogs with combat veterans battling PTSD. Shannon’s spark comes from two loves: a deep love for dogs, and an overwhelming respect for our nation’s veterans. With 24 years as a professional dog trainer, Shannon holds both regional and international Schutzhund titles. She trains with police canine teams, rescue dogs and thousands of family pets. But, in 2011 a US veteran of the Iraq conflict changed everything by requesting Shannon’s help with his dog. Watching the transformation in this veteran ignited a desire to help others by eliminating barriers by matching service dogs with our American Heroes.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMtHood, where x=independently organized TED event.
At our TEDxMtHood event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Visit TED.com to learn more.