AZMOAA Donates $500 to Soldier’s Best Friend

AZMOAA Chapter President, Bruce Kosaveach, presented a $500 donation to Mik Milem, Executive Director of Soldier’s Best Friend, after their presentation at the Chapter’s January luncheon. Soldier’s Best Friend is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides service dogs at no cost to Veterans. They source most of their dogs from shelters and rescue groups, hence their tagline “Touching Two Lives at Once.” In reality, they are often saving two lives at once!

What is unique about Soldier’s Best Friend is that they train the Veteran and the dog together. Many other well-known charities train the dog and then give it to a Veteran. That model typically costs $25,000-$30,000 to train a dog. Although the Veteran does not pay for them, there is a waiting period of up to two years to receive a dog. The cost to Soldier’s Best Friend to train a Veteran-dog team is about $7,500.

If you would like to “Touch Two Lives at Once, you can donate to Soldier’s Best Friend you can do so at