Shelter to Soldier Conversation with Whittier Public Library

Whittier Public Library recently conducted an important interview as part of their Community Conversations with Veterans series. The public can view this important discussion with the Director of Veterans Services at Shelter to Soldier, Vic Martin, and the Whittier Public Library’s Veteran Resource Center staff. Vic, a veteran, shares his journey of providing opportunities to both shelter dogs and veterans. If you are interested in learning more about the lives of veterans, the difference between service dogs and emotional support dogs, the nonprofit world, animal rescue and behavior, or library / community partnerships, then this interview is a must watch. Watch now at:

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Vic Martin of Shelter to Soldier and his service dog, Mia.

About Shelter to Soldier

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 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or other psychological injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. Learn what opportunities exist for veterans and dog adoption and to donate to Shelter to Soldier at

About Community Conversations with Veterans

Community Conversations with Veterans is a partnership between California Center for the Book and Veterans Connect @ the Library. The initiative offers California libraries the opportunity to connect more closely with veterans and their families, while also helping veterans and their families connect to the community and resources. See the Community Conversations with Veterans Playlist on YouTube.

About the Whittier Public Library Veterans Resource Center

The Whittier Public Library is closed to the public at this time. However, veterans’ benefits and claims can still be addressed. Please call the library at 562-567-9900 Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, and we will refer you to one of our Veterans Resource Center volunteers or our LA County Veterans Service Officer.

Huge thanks to Rachel Fiore and Diane Hara of the Whittier Public Library, and Vic Martin of Shelter to Soldier.