Each year, the National President creates a National Project and Theme in support of educational programs. Led by the National President and Senior National President, the National Officers, State Presidents, and National Chairmen promote the project and theme throughout the country.
National President Liza Marie Fridenmaker
Senior National President Lori B. Walters
National Theme "Support Our Brave and Noble Patriots"
National President's Project 2020-2021: Support our Brave and Noble Patriots
“Support Our Brave and Noble Patriots” is inspired by a line in our C.A.R. Song, which was written in 1928 and continues to represent C.A.R.’s ideals of patriotism and support for our veterans.
The National Society will be partnering with Pets for Vets, a 501(c)(3) organization, to raise funds to place companion animals with veterans, many of which are experiencing PTSD. The animals are adopted and trained through donations, and each companion animal is highly trained to best meet the veteran’s needs.
Pets for Vets assists in the veterans fight against PTSD through building a safety net with the animal, creating connections, and overcoming trauma. Veterans apply for an animal through Pets for Vets and go through an interview process to match the veterans with an animal. Animals are then selected from the shelter specifically for each individual veteran and are trained before being placed with the veteran. Through this process, Pets for Vets helps to save pets from shelters, as well as provides veterans with the companions and support they need.
Through this year’s National Theme and Project, C.A.R. members are encouraged to give back to those who have served our nation and Support Our Brave and Noble Patriots.
To learn more about Pets for Vets, please visit their website at https://petsforvets.com/
Past National Projects include patriotic efforts such as promoting bonds during World War I and donating an ambulance during World War II. More recent projects include protecting artifacts uncovered in Mount Vernon's archaeological digs; providing an outdoor classroom at the Independence Park Institute in Philadelphia, PA; and contributing to The National World War II Museum for the acquisition of educational tools and resources for the Student/Teacher Resource Center.