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 launched the 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 all branches of Armed Forces who served in the line of duty. The dogs we provide will not be required to perform any specific tasks for a disability like service dogs are. Dog Tags and Tails partners with local rescues, pairs the dog with a local veteran, 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.
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.
For more info, check out our interview with WBAL Channel 11 News.
Meet the Team behind
Krystle Eder, President, Co-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 a Harford County based pet food 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.
Deanna Allik, Partnerships Director:
Deanna oversees current and future partnerships, and finds companies interested in furthering their businesses while supporting Dog Tags and Tails. She actively seeks companies that want to give back to veterans through their partnerships, donations, and/or sponsorships.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing with Magna Cum Laude honor. While attending college, she was the VP of Community Service for American Marketing Association where she developed a passion for spending her free time volunteering for those in need. She currently resides in Baltimore City while actively searching for a career in sales. After coming to the United States, her grandfather was proud to become a U.S. citizen by serving in the Army during WWII. Her father served in the Navy and her uncle served in the Air Force during The Vietnam War. Proud of her family members and many friends that have served or currently serving for our country, she is glad she can help make a difference.
“If mediocrity is your benchmark, you always sit on the bench!” ― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
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
Bob Sumpter, Veteran Outreach
Bob Sumpter is a US Army veteran and has graced Dog Tags and Tails to assist with Veteran Outreach as well as doing photography for DTT events and Battle buddy team photo ops. He is a member of American Legion Post # 180. His love of his country and dogs is unsurpassable. When he isn’t playing with his dogs, he enjoys photography and even has a photo published in the WILF radio station calendar, “Life Around Maryland”. Bob is blessed with a wife, two married daughters, as well as two granddaughters.
Melissa Thomas, Battle Buddy Team Captain
Connie Wamhoff, Certified Integrative Life Coach
Connie comes to Dog Tags and Tails as an added benefit for the veterans in the Battle Buddy program. Her life purpose is helping others become the best version of themselves, by creating positive, lasting change. For our veterans, the challenges include, but are not limited to, identifying core issues, recognizing and discontinuing negative thoughts / habits / behaviors, releasing emotional pain / guilt, while setting and achieving goals. Connie provides the support, tools, and resources that transform Quality of Life by using an arsenal of methods, ranging from assorted emotional and physical healing techniques to a physiological understanding of how our minds work and how to analyze behavior.
On a personal note… “Although I may have started my journey with Dog Tails and Tails to support my daughter, Krystle, it has become so much more. I feel truly blessed to be involved with this organization and the people involved, who are so passionate about what it represents and accomplishes for our veterans. I am amazed at the level of connection and support between the veterans and these dogs/companions. I am grateful for the opportunity to offer my services and give back to those who have given so much to us.
“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.” – Unknown
Tina Eder, Events Committee- 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
Mick Eder, Events Committee- Safety and Crowd Management Manager
“Stand Straight, Walk Proud, Have a Little Faith.” – Garth Brooks
Michael J. Soler- Blue Line K-9 (http://www.bluelinek-9.com/ )
Mandy Tenly – Touch Down Dog Training (http://www.touchdowndogtraining.com/ )
Krystle Eder – Pet Nutrition (email@example.com)
MEMBER: Justin Miller, E4 Specialist, Active US Army
MEMBER: Joe Vincell, Sgt, Active US Army
501(C)3 Non Profit EIN: 45-4657316