I have been a TADSAW trainer for almost 2 years. The program has helped numerous people and since it is a not for profit agency, yes, sometimes the paycheck is delayed. I am in it to help the veterans who put their lives on the line for me. I am in perfect health, mentally, physically and spiritually. Many veterans coming back are not as fortunate so I will continue to train them and their dogs with or without pay. At the time of this writing I am up to date on money owed to me. If you are a dog trainer only looking for a quick dollar, then don't become a TADSAW trainer. If you are a trainer and want your paycheck to come regularly then get your butt out their and solicit funds. Bart is only one person. And one wonderful person. I cannot say enough nice things about him--and (LOL) we don't always see eye to eye on things. For the sake of the active duty and veterans we all woke together. I personally have stories of the TADSAW dogs saving the veterans lives.
Holly Ridge, NC 28445
I live in NJ and Bart was very helpful and saw to it that local trainers got to work.
I will advise anyone wanting help you have to be proactive and work hard.
This is not a handout and requires plenty of sweat equity!
I have to disagree with the others. Mr. Sherwood came through. I am 100% disabled from the military. I could not afford to train a service dog. T.A.D.S.AW. came through and paid for all of the training. With this dog now, I know he is there for me. When I have nightmares or if I fall he is there to help me up. If not for Mr. Sherwood and the T.A.D.S.A.W. Organization, I would not of progressed. I kept in my home, would not go into stores didn't really want to be around people. I still have a lot of issues but this dog is slowly bringing me out. How long it will take I have no idea. But for those complaining about the program, there must be another reason that T.A.D.S.A.W turned you down. This is Oreo, my service dog.
Once he got all the paper work to summit for a payment voucher, he stopped responding to me. The owner was called to the carpet by VA and flat out lied about not contacting me. THERE were other lied about the type of dog I could have and various other things. Only when I asked for my papers to stop his getting pains by VA, did he respond. Fortunately I had saved all the texts and email. Once VA called him on his lie he changed his story. DON'T GIVE THIS GROUP ANY MONEY. THERE ARE BETTER VETERANS SERVICE DOG TRAINERS!!!!!!!
Well spoke with Bart and he insured I would get help and would be on the list. The in about 5 to 6 weeks a local trainer which is located in talking rock, ga. Would contact me and set up the process to look for a companion and then training. The time had passed and I reached out to Bart to see what was going on and he never responded. So in my eyes he and his so called help for veterans is a joke and a hoax. To let a veteran in nedd beleive that there is hope and help out there and then just like everyone else to let him down and blow him off. What a shame.My thoughts on TADSAW, a veteran who suffers from PTSD and needs help.Thank you
As a veteran with PTSD I was disappointed with the lack of professionalism of this organization. From day my first contact in Oct 2013, I had difficulty getting Mr. Sherwood to respond to my calls and emails. Once I finally received the promised application (3 calls later) I was unable to return them...the website email address no longer existed. I was told they were changing servers. Once in the program, I met with the trainer, Carolyn, who was my only contact going forward. Carolyn was great. As a trainer she worked with me to find the perfect dog. Unfortunately, TADSAW through their lack of accountability, failed to pay Carolyn for 3 months. With a $5,000.00 outstanding bill, Carolyn could not continue training. Bart Sherwood admitted to not paying her, which appears to be a common occurrence (google it). This organization needs to stop accepting veterans if they can't pay their trainers. It is simple math. If you have the funds, estimated at $2500/veteran, then accept the veteran into the program. If you don't, then put the veteran on a waiting list. We are thankful to Carolyn for finishing our training and certifying our dog. You don't need TADSAW for this. What this organization and Bart Sherwood fails to recognize is that veterans with PTSD need consistency. When you pull a trainer out from under them and expect them to contact the other San Antonio trainer to continue their training, you set them up to fail. It is hard enough to form a bond with one trainer, impossible to see that trainer drop due to a lack of funding, and then expect them to go to another trainer wondering how long they will last before they quit for lack of payment. The only time I actually met Mr. Sherwood he showed up at a training event, got on his phone, speaking so loudly he disrupted the training. He didn't introduce himself and he didn't care about observing the veteran. He has zero understanding of veterans and their needs. This is all about Bart Sherwood. Please run from this organization. There are legitimate organizations across the country. This is not one.