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March 7, 2023 (El Cajon) --- Shelter to Soldier (STS), a San Diego nonprofit that adopts dogs from local shelters and rescue organizations and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma, will hold its 4th annual Saving Lives, One Swing at a Time” golf tournament on Friday, April 21 at the Championship Oak Glen Course of Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan (3007 Dehesa Rd., El Cajon).

Presented by UNITE, the tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12 p.m. Golfers will enjoy a boxed sandwich lunch, complimentary beer and seltzer thanks to sponsor Mike Hess Brewing Co., and spirit tastings and Arnold Palmers courtesy of Black Market Spirits on course. Participants will receive an event hat, polo shirt, swag bag and enjoy a dinner buffet following the tournament. For more information about event sponsorships and to register, click here. Other event sponsors include Subaru USA, Sycuan Casino Resort, Christian Brothers Emergency Building Services, San Diego Sockers, Raising Cane’s and Pressed. Stay and Play options for the weekend are available by reservation and additional cost through Sycuan Casino Resort.

Shelter to Soldier has developed a unique psychiatric service dog training program to provide veterans with an alternative method of coping with trauma and MST. According to the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, an average of 17 US veterans and one active-duty military personal commit suicide every single day. More than 500,000 servicemen and women are living with invisible wounds, often including Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and 320,000 are experiencing debilitating brain trauma (ref: Wounded Warrior Project). Shelter to Soldier has answered the call to help veterans in need through their independent, non-profit program, funded solely by private/corporate donations and grants.

Shelter to Soldier™ is a CA 501c3 nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and/or other injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. The program also places emotional support animals (ESAs) with active-duty military and veterans, and deploys the Shelter to Soldier Canine Ambassadors, a team of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers, to provide visits of love and comfort to local military, veterans and their families. For more information on the program or eligibility, please visit

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