NORTHWEST BATTLE BUDDIES
Northwest Battle Buddies was founded to support our Veterans. Since 2012, we have gifted Veterans with professionally-trained service dogs.
Why We Exist
22 Veterans a day, over 8000 a year, commit suicide on American Soil.
Many American Heroes return home to find their greatest battle still awaits. For a Veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the battle is never over. They come home and find everything has changed… because they have been changed.
Thanks to generous donations, our heroes can live life again.
Northwest Battle Buddies gifts professionally trained service dogs to Veterans battling PTSD, helping them regain their freedom and independence.
There is no cure for PTSD, but service dogs can reduce PTSD symptoms with life-changing — results. With a canine Battle Buddy by their side, Veterans with PTSD can regain their freedom and independence.
Many of our service dogs are rescued from animal shelters. All our service dogs spend 5+ months in intensive training, then are carefully matched with a Veteran handler for five more weeks of training and bonding, creating the ultimate partnership.
Shannon WALKER, CEO & Founder
- Founded and Owner of Mans Best Friend – Dog Training – 1997-Present
- Contracted with 7 local police departments assisting with their Police K9 training – 2002-Present
- TEDx Speaker- PTSD and Service Dogs: Beneath The Surface – 2019
- Frequent Contributor- Nationally-syndicated News Radio Stations- Subject-Service Dogs – Ongoing
- Member of the ASDPMV – 2017-Present
- Standards Committee Member – 2019-Present
- Members Committee Member – 2019-Present
- IACP Member – Present
Shannon was introduced to Schutzhund, a European canine sport that tests a dog’s tracking, obedience, and protection skills. Shannon learned how to train dogs using this method, under the tutelage of 1988 World Schutzhund Champion Gene England, owner of the renowned Advanced Canine Academy in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
While continuing to work with world-class trainers, Shannon competed and titled at local, regional, national, and international levels for 10 years, winning the 2003 European Championship in Diest, Belgium.
OVIE MUNTEAN, COO
- 2005 – 2022 President, First Financial Mountain, Portland, OR
- 2011 – 2022 President, Mountain View Properties, Portland, OR
- 1999 – 2011 Owner & Operator, Splash of Destiny Limousine Service, Portland, OR
- 1998 – 2008 Vice President and Co-owner, First Fidelity Mortgage, Beaverton, OR
Ovie Muntean is a proud American Patriot, successful business owner, and advocate for U.S. Veterans. He is the chief operating officer of Northwest Battle Buddies. He is the proud father of three children, two of whom served in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force. Ovie loves his adopted country and raises his children and grandchildren to understand the value and ultimate price of freedom. He is honored and devoted to serving our American heroes, who battle PTSD daily, empowering them to lead healthy and meaningful lives with the help of a service dog.
From an early age, Ovie Muntean learned that freedom is everything. Born and raised in Transylvania, Romania,
Ovie grew up under the Communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu, widely considered the 2nd most brutal regime of the 20th century. For millions of Romanians like Ovie, life during this time meant strict government control over almost every aspect of everyday life. Media and all sources of information were strictly controlled. The freedom to speak one’s mind without fear of reprisal, or to choose one’s job or career path, simply did not exist. Ceausescu’s authoritarian government-dictated where you could go, what you learned, and what basic resources you could access. Elections offered a choice of only one candidate, whose secret police imprisoned, tortured, and executed millions of citizens over the years. At age 15, Ovie witnessed firsthand the power of one individual to make seismic changes. In 1981, Romania was seeking “Favored Nation” status and trade relations with the free world. To protest the inability of Romanian citizens to emigrate freely, Ovie’s father, John Muntean, began a hunger strike that drew international attention. After 27 days, the government forcibly relented, and John was able to secure visas for over 50 family members, all of whom found their way to America. John’s protest was the Romanian equivalent of “the shot heard ’round the world” of 1776. Hundreds of thousands of Romanians would follow suit in the following years, finally able to flee the oppressive regime.
SPEAKING - HEADLINE AND KEYNOTES
11/2021 Freemont County Republican Party, Riverton, WY
08/2021 Camp Rockfish, Raeford, NC
07/2021 Washakie County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner, Worland, WY
05/2021 National Federation of Republican Womens’ Convention, Bastrop, TX
07/2019 Wyoming Republican Party Celebration, Cody, WY
NWBB Board of Directors
- Andrew Fish, Treasurer
- Loren Wright, Secretary
- Timothy Muntean, Veteran, Board Member
- Jacob Walker, Veteran, Board Chair
- Rebekah Gundrum, Veteran, Board Member
What is a Battle Buddy?
In the United States Army, soldiers are assigned a partner – or “battle buddy” – as a friend and ally to assist one another in and out of combat. Northwest Battle buddies are not only for companionship and to watch one another’s back, but also for the reduction of suicide, keying into negative thoughts and feelings, and stepping in to help. Northwest Battle Buddies is based on that principle of mutual assistance — a service dog and Veteran depend on one another for support and care.
What is PTSD?
“Post-Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after the Veteran experiences a traumatic event. All Veterans with PTSD have lived through a traumatic event that caused them to fear for their lives, see horrible things, and feel helpless… After the event, the Veteran may feel scared, confused, or angry. If these feelings don’t go away or they get worse, the symptoms may disrupt the person’s life, making it hard to continue daily activities.” (WeHonorVeterans.org)