I attended events hosted by the Diving Devil Dogs, everything from Scuba Diving, homeless services and the Ranch weekend event. It doesn't matter what this group is doing, they are outstanding in every aspect of their service. There is a sense of community and the brotherhood they talk about is definitely in full affect. Connecting with this group has been one of the best experiences of my life.
The Diving Devil Dogs of Arizona is a magnificent group to be associated with. Not only is their work to the military community paramount but much needed. Growing up in a household where integrity, loyalty and respect was preached on the daily, it's no wonder I feel connected with this group--not to mention my father is a co-founder! Donate monetary or with your time to an organization that changes the lives of many military men and women!
This is an amazing organization that is there to serve our often forgotten. Thank you, Ray Bennett and Javier Rosa, for what you do. Thankyou for embracing veterans and for extending a helping hand to those afraid to be part of/involved in community. Thankyou For leading by example what it is to be family and care for one another. You have been there for my husband and I feel fortunate he has discovered and joined forces with this organization. He considers this family. Thankyou for all you do!!!!
First, thank you Ray and Javier for reaching out when you did. I’ve never had such a sense of brotherhood after the Marine Corps till I united with these guys. The words PTSD sounded like a death sentence for me and might as well have been. This organization not just helped me to focus on getting better but also to open up again. Now I can not only help myself get better but open up my heart and give to others. Weather it’s helping give to the homeless in downtown Phoenix or playing cowboy at Cold Creek Ranch. I’m always around family and would urge my veteran brothers and sisters to come join us when you’re ready on some excapades. Thank you guys again for what you do.
They made me feel like family from day one. At first I was unsure about what I was getting myself in to. I mean, an Army guy getting involved with a bunch of Marines? I wasn't too hip to the idea. It took me a good minute to even pick up the cell phone and reach out to these brothers from another mother. Once I did, I didn't feel the least bit sorry for doing it (reaching out). Little did I know that the two founders Ray and Javi were blessed with the gift of gab. What I mean is, that they have a way of reading the good in people. For what it's worth, to me, this organization employs guardian angels. It's was what I needed, when I needed it most. The Diving Devil Dogs will always have my gratefulness and my expectation that they will not stop "fighting the good fight" for those in most need. Thank you for who you are and what you do.
-Manuel Spry Jr
Taking care of our US veterans is a noble and necessary social responsibility. The existence of this organization reminds us that there are those who care and are committed to providing support to veterans and their families. Thank you, Ray Bennett and Javier Rosa, for what you do. Project Humanities is honored to have you as a community partner and friend.
I also met members of the Diving Devil Dogs while volunteering for the ASU Project Humanities Service Saturday homeless outreach program.
While most of us show up around 6:30 AM, these are the guys who are always among the first to come and the last to leave. They tirelessly arrive every second Saturday with the trailer full of donations, and facilitate the heavy work of unloading and then repacking when we are finished for the day.
With between 200 and 300 people turning out to receive help, it is important to keep things moving and to make sure everyone is safe. Courtesy and respect are the orders of the day as the Diving Devil Dogs ensure that everything runs smoothly. They are an integral part of making this much needed program possible for the many who depend on their kindness and generosity.
I was introduced to the Diving Devil Dogs on my walk across America for Veterans. They invited me to go with them on various outings to serve the community and to visit Cold Creek Ranch where Veterans from all over the country were getting together for the weekend. I have seen and met with many organizations on this walk and these Veterans are by far the best humans I have come across in a long time. Their sense of community and willingness to help one another is a bar that is set high for others to follow. I hope to see and help them in any capacity soon. Even though it was a brief visit, the friendships formed will last a lifetime. If you are in the Arizona area, please look them up!
For a few months now, I have participated in a homeless outreach program known as Service Saturday with the Diving Devil Dogs. We arrive in downtown Phoenix at 6:45 A.M. every other Saturday to distribute clothing donations and water to the people living by the CASS shelter. The opportunity to interact with these people is heart-warming and I have brought a number of friends to help me. It is an eye-opening experience for anyone who has not spent considerable time with an underprivileged group of people. Diving Devil Dogs ensures that everyone is safe--both the people who are helping and those who we help--and I personally enjoy talking to the people who are beneficiaries of the service. There are many occasions where homeless people are not treated like fellow humans because of their conditions; the Diving Devil Dogs help these people as equals because equal is who they truly are.