Winter 2022

Northwest Farm Credit: Rural, Real Estate, Operating Loans; Farm Loans; Country Home Loans; Lot Loans; Equipment Financing; Young and Beginning Producers; Crop Insurance; Business Management Education; Property Appraisals

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stewardship giving Man's best friend, saving the lives of American veterans. Service Peace Warriors | Washington almost immediately with her," said Board President Steve Cooper. "Violet changed my life from the first day she entered it. We have a bond that I never knew could exist. Without Service Peace Warriors, I am confident that I would not be here today. I owe my life to them." Service dogs are trained to help alleviate symptoms by providing safety and security, companionship, physical exercise and other tasks. Through tasks specific to the handler's situation, the service dog can reduce anxiety and depression, increase serotonin, lower blood pressure and more. Though not a veteran, founder Mary Mattox lives with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and has experienced firsthand the great benefits animal companionship provides. This, along with over 30 years of dog training experience and a drive to help others, led her to start Service Peace Warriors. Based in Eltopia, Washington, they train services dogs for American soldiers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon coping with service-related PTSD and other disabilities. "I struggled with PTSD and consistently experienced night terrors. I was referred to Service Peace Warriors in 2018 where I met my dog, Violet. I began training For many veterans, post-service life can be difficult. Some veterans are afraid to leave their homes, fearing loud noises like the backfire of a car or other events may trigger traumatic flashbacks. But Service Peace Warriors knows service dogs have the power to change veteran's lives and Northwest Farm Credit is proud to support them in their mission. 5 Northwest FCS

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