Dog Tags and Tails Mission:
To Provide Charitable Support To America’s Military Service Men, Women, Canines And Their Families By Meeting Humanitarian Needs Beyond That Normally Provided By Department Of Defense.
Dog Tags and Tails is a community driven 501( c)3 non profit organization formed to serve those who served through the benefits of canine-human connections. We offer a platform for local businesses, organizations, and community to join together in support of men, women, and canine military.
Dog Tags and Tails will be launching a new Battle Buddy program Winter 2018. What is a Battle Buddy? Quite simply, a companion dog to assist his or her partner throughout their journey of life. This program is offered to combat veterans of all branches of Armed Forces. The dogs we provide will not be required to perform any specific tasks for a disability like service dogs are. Dog Tags and Tails will partner with local rescues who pull dogs from high kill shelters, pair the dogs with local veterans, pay for basic obedience Reward Based Marker training (to not only enhance the community with better trained dogs but also to prevent additional stress on the veteran and their families) , and cover the adoption fee. Together, we will give homeless dogs a second chance, while thanking our military families for their service.
Also coming soon… Training for pets to expand their puppy love and become certified as a Therapy dog to help others. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with mental disorders, such as anxiety disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Stay tuned for more details….
Dog Tags and Tails will do fundraisers throughout the year but all lead up to the main event… Freedom Famfest, a family fun community event supporting those who fought for our freedom. Net proceeds raised will provide the training and placing of Battle Buddies with local veterans.
Meet the Team behind
Krystle Eder, President, Founder:
Dave Eder, Vice President, Founder:
Krystle and Dave oversee the board in all aspects while collaborating with the community to form a support system for our veterans. Married since 2013, they have 2 children, 3 dogs, a cat, and reside in Northern Harford County. Their youngest is respectfully named after a retired US Army lieutenant colonel of 30 years. Each honor a grandfather that served in World War II as well as close friends that currently serve. Krystle is Vice President of VeRUS Pet Foods and completely passionate about animals and their nutrition. Dave is the master mind behind the creation of Dog Tags and Tails and the community event, Freedom Famfest. Together, their goal is to be an influential part of the community in helping rescue dogs and cats as well as our veterans, both canine and human. They’d like to send a heartfelt “Thank you” to all those that have served and are serving our country.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” –Gandhi
Jan Freund, Chairman of the Board:
Jan’s main task as Chairman is to be the lead force in focusing on the future of Dog Tags and Tails. She encourages the board to think strategically about the organization’s mission, vision, and long-term sustainability. Jan is also Adoption Coordinator for the Battle Buddy program.
Jan grew up in Kentucky and has lived in Baltimore/Harford County, MD for the last thirty years. Jan is extremely successful in the real estate world. She is also very family oriented. She has three grown children, and four grandchildren. Jan loves having family gathering and holidays at her home, where everyone can be together making memories. Her hobbies are making crafts for the home and her love for running, Her family does numerous runs around the area to help support different charities. Helping others is a passion of hers, no matter what it takes, especially veterans and community workers such as police, firefighters, and paramedics. As a military family herself, this organization is very important to her.
Justin Stastny, Treasurer:
Justin oversees the registration of vendors, receipt, tabulation and accounting of money. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from UMUC within only three years and with Summa Cum Laude honor. In addition to being owner and president of Cash Brain Finance and Marketing Solutions, he has also worked for Johns Hopkins University and currently employed with Education Affiliates as a Financial Analyst., Justin resides in Forest Hill with his wife Hilary, son, and 3 pets (2 dogs and one cat). “I joined Dog Tags and Tails to help improve the lives’ of the people that need it the most, the brave military men and women that fight for our country. These individuals come back home from war with more issues than anyone sitting at an office desk could think of. Being a part of the organization is a way to give back and say thank you to all of them. I want to be able to assist in bettering the lives’ of our military personnel that need help. The smallest improvement, I believe, goes a long way in their life and providing a emotional support or service companion to ease their mental and physical struggles is the only goal I have.”
Amanda Reiter, Secretary:
Amanda Reiter grew up in New Jersey, enlisted in the United States Army in 2011 for active duty as a Healthcare Specialist, has been stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany (where she met her husband Brandon, an active duty SSG) Baumholder, Germany and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Washington State. While on active duty, Amanda was a unit and Battalion representative for the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers( BOSS) program, as well as the USAG Baumholder Installation Vice President of BOSS. She got off active duty and went Army Reserve in 2014. For the last 2 years, Amanda was the Family Readiness Group(FRG) leader for her husband’s unit within the 1-14 Cav, 1-2 SCBT. Amanda recently received a bachleors degree in Liberal Arts to pair with her Educational Interpreting Proficient Assessment( EIPA) for American Sign Language. Amanda has 2 children and one dog. Amanda originally came to Dog Tags and Tails as an intern because she loves helping soldiers and their families, and loves what Dog Tags and Tails stands for.
Tracy Landry, Public Relations Director:
Tracy assumes the responsibility of managing public relations for Dog Tags and Tails. Tracy grew up in Harford County. After attending Harford Community College, she moved to New York to continue her education in film and television. Upon graduation, Tracy worked on numerous television projects in New York and Los Angeles. Tracy has since transitioned into teaching. She completed a Master’s program in Education and is currently a special education teacher. She resides in Baltimore County with her husband and son, along with their dog. Tracy comes from a patriotic family. Her father was a civilian employee for the Army for many years. Her uncle and her husband served in the Air Force and her cousin was in the Army. Both of her grandfathers were in the Army and served in WW2. Even though she was busy with her career, she always found time to support the troops. Using her own money and resources, she has sent deployed troops letters of support and care packages. She has even delivered care packages to wounded veterans at Fort Bragg and Walter Reed Medical Center. As a supporter of the military, Tracy had been looking for an organization to help veterans. That’s when she found Dog Tags and Tails. Without hesitation, she signed up to be a volunteer and hasn’t looked back! “I knew right away that this was the place for me. They are doing such great things for veterans and that’s why I joined. I just had to be a part of it. To know that you are helping someone is an awesome feeling!”
‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.’ Theodore Roosevelt April 23, 1910
Conor Orsillo-Null, Youth Ambassador:
Brom, born with 3-legs, was left on a door step to die at two days old. He, being a rescue, strides to please his pack humans. Always accomplishing title after title.
Conor, born and raised in Charles County, MD, has always marched to his own drumbeat. Never accepting the norm. After conquering his fear of dogs, he met Brom and they both have overcome their own disabilities together to huge successes. Conor and Brom’s journey has just begun. Since day one the bond is a lifetime of love.
Conor has a slue of great and great great uncles and cousins that have served in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam. Conor at a young age was raised to be respectful but understanding who protects his freedom is the utmost pride he has towards his county and veterans.
“Make a difference. Then live that difference but always kiss your dog” ~ Conor Orsillo-Null with Brom
Melissa Thomas, Battle Buddy Team Captain
Tina Eder, Raffle Coordinator
Tina takes on the task of obtaining raffle items for Dog Tags and Tails fundraising events. She, her husband, 3 black labs, and cat recently moved back to Maryland from Maine to be closer to their Children and Grandchildren. Tina’s Father served in the Army National Guard and multiple Uncles served in the Army or Air Force. Her passion for helping others drove her to the Health industry for much of her career life including Baltimore County 911, Dental, Medical, and Nursing. Tina believes in Age Old Principles; Everything happens for a reason, What goes around comes around, and Treat others the way you want to be treated. She states, ‘It’s crucial to give back to those who risked all for each and every one of us:, those who served before, those serving now, those who serve in the future. They deserve our respect and support!
‘What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.’ – Pericles
Blue Line K-9 Dog Training- Michael J. Soler (http://www.bluelinek-9.com/ )
Touchdown Dog Training- Mandy Tenly (http://www.touchdowndogtraining.com/ )
VeRUS pet foods- Krystle Eder (www.veruspetfoods.com)
MEMBER: Justin Miller, E4 Specialist, Active US Army
MEMBER: Joe Vincell, Sgt, Active US Army
501(C)3 Non Profit EIN: 45-4657316
Verus for Veterans DBA Dog Tags and Tails