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Over the past couple weeks and months, no matter where we go, we always have these cards and encourage people to share a little about someone in their life who inspires them to focus on the good. We met Suzanne at the San Jose Conference for Women and was kind enough to honor her daughter-in-law Alisa, an active member in United States Marine Corps, and Founder of Dogs on Deployment.

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We were so taken by the work that Alisa was doing while simultaneously serving her country, that we of course wanted to learn more. Below Alisa explains in her own words, her two missions. More information on the organization can be found at www.dogsondeployment.org.
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I grew up in Willow Glen, and went to Branham High School (where my mother-in-law went too!). I went to college at the University of San Diego and studied Industrial Systems Engineering. Its here I met my now husband, Shawn, and Sue’s son, in 2006. After four years together, both Shawn and I served active duty in the Navy and Marines respectively, and our dual service commitments made it challenging to find care for our dog, JD. It was then that we got the idea to found Dogs on Deployment, a network connecting service members with volunteers willing to board their pets during the military commitments. Since 2011, we have grown our idea into a national nonprofit, helping nearly 1000 military pets in need find temporary care, and have granted nearly a quarter of a million dollars in financial grants to help service members and their pets during crisis.
 
In my “full time” job, I am a Captain in the US Marine Corps, currently flying the KC-130J Super Hercules. I have deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, flying combat missions into Iraq. I recently gave a speech at Clever Talks, which can be viewed here:

Additional information about Alisa’s journey on the founding of Dogs for Deployment can be found here: http://dogsondeployment.org/MilitaryTails/2011/12/starting-dogs-on-deployment-the-perspective-you-havent-read/