by Scott R. Tucker

April 8, 2021

Jason K. Johnson - Project K-9 Hero

In today's episode, we will have a meaningful conversation with Jason K. Johnson, the founder, and CEO of Project K-9 Hero, about finding your passion at all costs, protecting our working service hero dogs, and much more. 

Episode Highlights:

01:40- How does Project K-9 Hero start in 2016

04:21- K-9 Flash Becomes a Hero book inspired Jason to start the organization 

05:32- The K-9 Hero Act helps federal funding from the government for retired working dogs. 

06:25- Several ways to donate to the retired working dogs

08:30- How did Jason found his passion for working dogs 

12:12- Searching revenue stream  to make the mission work 

17:00- Jason's short term horizon three years from today for the project 


3 Key Points:

  1. To be successful, take the risk, bet on your skills, and do it. Once you find your passion, tell people about it.
  2. Stay on top of your mission, be responsive, get a hold in every direction, focus on the most important things, and get those things accomplished. 
  3. Put intention into your passion and purpose.

Quotes:

  • “The secret to success is to take the risk. You don't get those jobs when you give up, so take risks, bet on yourself, and say you can do it. “-Jason K. Johnson 
  • “The only way to be successful is not to sit in the corner, get out and find new audiences to let them know who we are in Project K-9. ‘- Jason K. Johnson
  • “K-9 heroes spent their careers protecting us, and now it is time to spend the rest of ours protecting them.”- Jason K. Johnson 
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008 with Jason K. Johnson of Project K-9 Hero -  Find Your Passion at All Costs

 Following your passion offers no guarantees that it will be profitable, but not trying to find a passion to follow can. Pretty much guarantee you'll be miserable. Hi, I'm Scott Tucker. And welcome back to another episode of Veteran Wealth Secrets. If you haven't already be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel also, of course, to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you listen to your podcasts, but it's today, we want to talk a little bit about what does it mean to follow your passion?

How often have you heard people say you have to do that? You have to figure out your passion, what you're passionate about, as a Veteran or. You're just not going to be happy. And yeah, that seems pretty obvious. But at the same time, I've heard a lot of people saying, Hey, following your passion might not be able to create, give you a livelihood and it's nice to have hobbies, but if your habits basket weaving, unless you're the best basket Weaver out there and is really good at and doing things like YouTube or writing a book.

You're probably not gonna, make a lot of money from it. It doesn't mean it's impossible, but maybe think back to when I was passionate about when I was getting out of the military, it was travel. I love traveling around the world, put myself into crazy situations, having to deal with other cultures, other languages.

Really think outside the box, get uncomfortable and do crazy stuff like run with the bulls or motorcycle around Vietnam. But I realized, Hey, is as much as the passions I have around this, how am I going to, how would I turn it into money? I didn't want to have a permanent travel lifestyle and what am I going to do?

Become an Instagram influencer, just taking photos of me everywhere saying, Hey, be more like me. Yeah, of course. I want people to aspire to that. Type of mobile autonomy type of lifestyle I've created. I think that gives you a lot more freedom, but no, I don't. I hack all the, a lot of the photos and GoPro videos I've taken are just sitting on a hard drive somewhere.

I never did anything with them. In that regard, You don't fall on a passion. I'm not going to be a travel advice guy or blogger. I just realized, Hey, there's already enough of that out there. That wasn't something to follow, but I realized, wait a minute, this no financial industry that I had entered the way I was doing it, simply because of.

No, I didn't like the idea of just sitting in an office in a business suit all day and go into the golf course and trying to schmooze people, I was trying to live my life and I recognized this, I created, yes, I, I found out that I pretty much been lied to in the whole financial planning industry or financial advisor world is really, it's not really that necessary.

And I wasn't. Doing anything that I had integrity with, but I had created a lifestyle for myself to get some freedom. So I had passion around the industry being in the financial industry for that regard. I was like, okay there's time I write about this in my book that, I was sitting on a beach in Thailand and I felt shame that I was answering emails via my iPhone.

While I'm sitting on a beach in Thailand and it's like, Oh God, I can't let them know. I'm sitting here. This is the vole, I thought they would think I needed to be in my office and just working, like what? What's the work. So I just, that really for years I would feel like that. And then finally, one day I realized, wait a minute, I'm not the one that's miserable.

They're miserable because of the reason they're sending me these emails is either it's like, why aren't my accounts up more? It's I don't know, the stock market didn't go up the government didn't, print more money, and I don't see yet the. Or, or a lot of times it was like, Hey, something happened.

I need to move money. I need to use my money. And ironically, it's they had saved and planned for this retirement, this arbitrary word that happens many years in the future and stayed on this fixed income, just slogging away, unhappy at their job, no passion whatsoever. And yet. They didn't even get to use the money for that.

They actually needed to move it and then some, some habit. And that's where I realized it's wait a minute, there's a couple of things going on here. It's like people are planning for things, putting the majority of their time, the majority of their working years for a goal that really isn't even their main priority, nor does it give them any sort of flex.

So ability to adapt to things that happen in the short term. Okay. Everything's geared toward this thing called retirement. That's far away where there's so many variables that can change, not just in the stock market and taxes and how money works, but in your individual lives. When really the opportunity is in the here and now in your ability to build your identity to build skillsets to learn what's actually happening in today's economy, you'll find the passion around those types of things.

So my passion then became Holy cow, I see this stuff happening. I think I can be, develop a passion around spreading this message. Yes. There happens to be a financial component to it. Yes, I thank God. I did learn what, how the financial planning and advice giving industry and the financial blogging and all this advice that everybody's given about how you should live your life.

And I'm here saying no, they're just telling you what they know. You have an opportunity to do is to position. Your identity, your financial resources, your military benefits. And the way you're continuing to educate yourself. And usually this means not going to college and getting more certifications and degrees, but learning the modern economy, where are the opportunities?

You get those three things, right? Man, you start finding all sorts of passions and eventually. Know, maybe it's not right away. Maybe you've got to position yourself and you got to go into that fixed income world where you're still working for somebody else. I remember recently I saw a quote from Nepal, Robin content, if you had, if you don't know who that is make sure reading his books or following him on Twitter, but he said something like, if.

You could have, all the money in the world, but if you're going in to someplace of work, based on somebody else's schedule, if you're dressing and acting a certain way, based on someone else's requirements, if you're just doing things that are based on someone else's decisions, then you do not have freedom.

You are not wealthy. And, that's really the theme behind, Veteran Wealth Secrets because. Really now's the greatest time in all of human history to step out of that world and take control. And this show, the book, federal secrets is not meant to change your mind and convince everybody.

Everybody who's just in enjoyed following all the orders of the government, telling us what to do during this lockdown and trying to save everybody and their mother. When we all know how the world really works, this is getting ridiculous. We deserve the opportunity for freedom, but it ain't going to come from them.

You have to position yourself to go get it. And if that's what helps you figure out what that passion means, and maybe, or maybe not, does it have to do with what your hobby is? I don't like being labeled a financial advisor and I tell people I'm not your advisor, it's your money, make your own decisions.

What I am is a consultant, a strategist, someone with access to some of these tools and strategies and the way they work. But, if you put all your financial decisions off to me or somebody else. You're never going to be happy and that's the ultimate risk. And but the chance to use your money, position yourself where you can actually use your money to buy time.

So you're not spending your time to get money, give yourself the permission to seek that goal. And watch what happens. You're two, three years from now you'll look back and say, Oh, I'm a different person. Now, what can I be in the next two to three years? I think that three year goal is really what you want to look like.

What's going to happen here in the next three years for you to feel happy with your success. Because if you're waking up three years from now and your day, Your lifestyle looks exactly the same as it did three years before that, I guarantee you don't have any passion. You don't have any desire for aspiration, and that is a life of mediocrity and it can go badly.

So I implore you to join me on this mission. And if you're joining the show, if you think other people should be hearing it, please share it. We want to grow this for the right audience. And if you're going to sit here and argue with me and say, that's, not everybody can do that.

Yeah, I know. Okay. Those people shouldn't listen to the show, but those who are like me, who were following the standard path, who were told for years and years, this is how you should, this is how you'll be successful. These are all the things that, qualify, you check all these boxes and therefore, you look good on paper.

I realized that was all a lie. Put your stocks and bonds in this portfolios. And, you'll say just keep saving, be frugal, like all these things that limit your potential or limiting beliefs. And I find them morally apparent in just wrong. Especially in the United States of America in the year 2021 as we're recording this.

Yeah if you're, if you're the right person or people around you who need to hear this message, please share it. Subscribe on iTunes and on YouTube, we have a lot more content. Not just the podcast stuff, we've got other things, other videos that very helpful.

And if he'd like to get a copy of the book, of course, it's on Amazon, but the first three chapters are free on the website, Veteran Wealth Secrets dot com. And we got an interview coming up for the rest of the show, so I will leave it there. Really excited. I'm a dog lover, so really excited to introduce an interview.

Jason Johnson from project K-9 hero. They do an amazing job rescuing service dogs and making sure they're getting  taken care of so they can have the retirement they deserve. And so I'm passionate about that subject and I hope you enjoy. We'll see ya on the next episode, take care.

 Scott Tucker:   Welcome back, Scott Tucker here with another episode of Veteran Wealth Secrets, the show where we want to share the secrets of those in active duty, how are they getting through their military career? What's something they figured out in transition. Already out of the military for a while have found their passion and purpose.

And that's what the new book of Veteran Wealth Secrets is all about. How do you find autonomy and financial control in the modern economy? And that's also now available on Amazon as of last week. Just really excited how well that's done so far. Please grab a copy. You can always get it for free on the website at Veteran Wealth Secrets dot com.

But if you do want the Kindle version of the print version, that'll be out soon make sure you grab that. But a big part of the book is about passion. I know anybody working with dogs is gotta have passion a lot. So really excited to have Jason J. Johnson, the founder and CEO of project canine hero to come and share.

Share some insights share some of your story. And I just, I'm a dog owner. I'm looking at my pop over here on the couch right now. I can't imagine what it's like working, on the mission with these animals, especially for such a long time looking at your LinkedIn profile.

Jason, thanks. Thanks for joining us to share your tips a little bit. Tell us, w what's life looking like for you these days? I know we're in weird times and so maybe that's not what you want it to be, but you mentioned you have this ability. Tell us more about your mission and then what you got going on right now.

Jason K. Johnson: Yeah first of all, thank you for having me out here at project came down hero. We started this in 2016 and I left the United States government. My full-time job there to come out here and really chase after this dream, I had to take care of retired police canines and military working dogs as my career where up until that point I spent about 24 years.

Training them and working with them throughout the, my military service, my police service and my service in the government and the service I had overseas. So now, the way I look at is all these dogs that I helped train. And we're talking about 2000 dogs here when they're leaving service whether it be the military police, they don't always have a home to go to.

And more importantly, not. That they don't always have medical care. Like we have a VA program for our military veterans. We don't have that for our retired military working dogs or police canine. So I started project K nine hero and we're out here in Tennessee today at our facility. We're building a rehab homeroom facility where we can take in retired military, working dogs and police canines.

Make sure they got to get home to go to make sure they're adapting to civilian life. And place them as companions with other veterans. And that's just one part of our mission, but the main part of our mission is to make sure they're getting their medical bills taken care of for life. And that's one of the biggest things that we do and something I'm so proud of through all of our different resources we have here at project came out here.

Scott Tucker: Man. That is impressive. And thank you so much for that. I'm surprised almost in a way that we got to 2016 cause you hear so many stories about the working dogs downrange, not to mention of course in our police forces on a daily basis. So thanks for picking up, that aspect of the medical thing that's interesting.

I always hear about dog rescue. But yeah. There's, Hey there's soldiers, Hey, we give them, we give the animals metals many times. That's that? And that's definitely a true thing. So talk to us a little bit about, obviously you said you how'd, you get started with canines. 

Jason K. Johnson: Yeah.

I started in the army in 93 as a military police officer enlisted, really wanting to get in the canine after a few years. I didn't know when I came in, we even had a military working dog program. And I was like, wow, that's pretty cool. But I found a faster route to get out after my five years and get into the civilian police.

Agency, which I started outside of Tacoma. Washington ended up in Yakima, Washington, and there, I started with the bite work and getting with the bite dogs and working in the detection business and getting the first narcotics detection dog that they had on the department, which is actually the title of my first book.

Canine flash becomes a hero. True story about how she went from a pet rescue to becoming a police canine, to inspired me to start this organization and really how I got started. And after, after having 10 years in the civilian police department, I got recruited go overseas to work with the ambassador United States, be an explosive detection dog handler in Iraq.

Did about three tours. There did one in Afghanistan working at the very high level department of state meetings and things like that. And going to ATF, becoming a lead instructor over there, like their national Academy, where we taught FBI, CIA, US marshals, then onto Homeland security, where we have the dogs in the airport that screen the passengers.

So all of that. Led me to think these dogs are giving their lives and they're doing so much for us. And we treat them like heroes when they're active duty, we're not doing the same in their retirement because either they retire with their handler or someone like yourself may adopt one. But whoever does it, that financial responsibility is 100% on them.

And I didn't think that was correct. So I started this nonprofit to take in money. To make sure we can pay those bills at a hundred percent for all. We have 107 program members as of today, police and military, all heroes. We also have the canine hero act, which came out in Congress about a year ago.

That's going to help us take some federal funding from the government and spend that directly on medical care for retired military working dogs and police K9. So w between all that and the rehab homemade facility in the last four years, we're really doing a lot to change the the canine world, man.


Scott Tucker: Yeah, it's just, it gives me chills a little bit. Just I didn't know. There's so much more we could be doing for these dogs. Thank you for doing that. Obviously taking donations, I'm assuming, what do you guys do to get these funds? What are some ways that people can contribute?

Yeah, make sure I get out there. 

Jason K. Johnson: Public donations and corporate partners are the two big things. So you go to our website@projectkninehero.org. You're going to see a lot of different apparel. We have a trademark red, remember every dog deployed like you see here, we have our children's books. We've got a deck of cards coming out.

We've got our new calendar feature in 12, our heroes, we got over 70 items on there. People can donate for which money goes back into taking care of the dogs. Okay. We got ways. A donate link on there to make a direct donation for people who are coming up on the end of your tax, deductible donations, they need to make.

And we w with the rehab homey facility, we really looked for corporate Spartan partners. We're looking for people who own businesses who maybe want to donate money to put their name on a adoption cabin, put their name on a kennel, or put their name on the entire building. So we have a link on our website, under capital campaign for that we have one on our website.

At with the canine hero act, how to contact your Congressman and representative, get involved, read the actual active self. We have ways you can look at the heroes. If you follow us on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at project can on hero. You're going to see that we have everyday we're posting different things about the dogs are taken care of today.

We introduce Rex as our a hundred seventh member. Wow. I'm sir, who tours in Afghanistan with the United States? Marine Corps has explosive detection, dog locating roadside bombs. When you retired from that, he spent five years, four and a half years at Detroit airport screening passengers. Yesterday. He had a really large mass on his elbow that we paid to have removed and this off to the lab to see if it's cancer.

So no matter what it comes back as we're committed to taking care of those bills at 100%. So his handler who was a government employee at the time, Doesn't have to worry about if that gets them to 5,000, $10,000. The most important thing is we're using all these different streams of revenue to bring in donations, to make sure we're caring for all 107 dogs in our program, 

Scott Tucker: man.

That's awesome. I just, I love seeing those videos where a handler gets reunited with their dog after a few years and stuff like that. Yeah. But, clearly, you're not just saying, Hey, we're doing this thing for them. Give us some money. You're writing books.

You said decks of cards. You're being creative, that takes a little bit something other than, Hey, I want to help out, you're going above and beyond. W what's your secret, what's the secret that you found in your life? Finding this passion around these particular types of dogs working dogs that you'd like to share with our audience and maybe, where'd, you have your epiphany along the 

Jason K. Johnson: journey.

Yeah, I think the biggest thing, we talked about finding your passion. First of all, you have to find your passion. And mine came in the form of working dogs police and military canine. So once we have that, the secret to really make that a successes, being able to take the risks, most people, veterans are afraid to take that risk.

Just like me. When I got out in 1998. I could have stayed in and had a great career in the military. What could have went on in the military working dog program. Done great. However, I knew my real path, so where I wanted to get billing was going to be in the civilian law enforcement. I took that risk and got out of the, got out of the United States army and started taking the test and did really well till I got hired.

Same thing. When I left the police department in 2008 to go. Overseas direc. I was a flight canine officer, which is there's only one SWAT canine officer on my department and it hadn't been me. And when you give that up, you don't get those jobs back. So you're taking a risk of you're betting on yourself.

You're betting on your skills and your preparation and your heart and your drive to say, Hey, I can go out and do this and be successful. And same thing when I left the government in 2000, I started this in 2016, by January of 2017, I quit. Because I had taken $500 in my pocket in 2016, and we raised about $50,000 that year when I was still full-time government employee.

And I said, if we're ever going to get to where I want to go, which we're in a mall, we're a multimillion dollar organization. Now I need to quit the government and I need to do this. Full-time by, writing my books doing public speaking, becoming, coming on shows like this every week and telling people about my passion and what project can on Hill is all about.

And that's the only way to really be successful because if I sit in the corner and I don't get out here every day and find new audiences that no, one's really going to know who we are. 

Scott Tucker: Yeah. At the end of the day, no matter what it is, your business you're in, whether you're a for-profit or non-profit, if you got a message or a mission, you got to also be in the sales and marketing business and in some regards.

I think you're doing some really smart things, especially with the book. Are they books or 

Jason K. Johnson: they are, we've got a new one coming out this week. It's called K9 flusher heroes hero. And that. Takes us from when I left the government, we went on our book tour and then in 2000 2018, I have it right here.

Flash became the law enforcement dog of the year in America. I have a trophy right here voted on. And we carried that and we went on to Actually really expand our program and the hero's hero goes on from her book toward becoming the hero dog in America, to trying to get the Congress, to get our bill established and to help in a lot of different dogs along the way.

And we introduced several other dogs so people can look for it on our website. We'll be out before Christmas, by the end of the month, that's called and I will be selling the books and bundle packs are cards. We have a deck of cards with bicycle that is coming out this week. Our calendar came out. Every year we do a calendar and there's just so many different forms and that's really another secret, don't just rely on one form.

Don't rely on private donations. Don't rely on corporate sponsors. I try to go out there and have 50 to a hundred different forms of way that we're going to take in donations. And that's what built us from a $500 a year in my pocket, within four years to over $2 million a year in donations. So that's a, that's another good lesson to be learned that.

You can't just rely on one thing. You have to go out and try to find new revenue streams every day. 

Scott Tucker: Did you find w when you're searching to make the mission work and there's gotta be some form of revenue you're obviously building your skill sets along the way. Did you notice any sort of shifts, whatever, and what you thought you'd be doing versus what ended up happening or where you're like, Oh my God this actually works out better.

Jason K. Johnson: Yeah, I actually did. I really thought, we would, we'd go out there and we'd get personal donations, but a personal donation is very difficult to get because. People work hard. We're in the COVID times right now. And that's his work hard military police. People do respect the mission, but that don't mean they have extra money to give, that don't mean they have an extra 500 or a thousand dollars. They might have $5 and it takes a lot to edit. So you really had to get into more of the corporate partners. And if you look at our annual report, which is on our website, we have over 80 corporate partners right now. And every year I look. Ban that by over 50%.

And again, we're not going to build this rehab, your home and center here, which is six buildings, probably over $5 million project by selling books or selling t-shirts or selling hats. We're going to do it by. Getting with corporate partners who want to put their name on it, who believe in our mission who want to help us take care of retired police canines and military working dogs.

And so I really expanded into the corporate side of the of the financial aspect of it because I realized we'll never grow the way I want to just off the personal donations. 

Scott Tucker: No, that's that's important insight, I think for, everybody, a lot of veterans get out and they go, Hey, I want to help out.

Let's start a nonprofit. And maybe they don't realize quite what they're getting into or almost like competing against cause what other 45,000 veterans service organizations. So to hit one of the low percentage, that's getting donations on a big enough scale to be, where you're at, where you can make some serious impact, I'm sure it's cutthroat at times in a ways.

And the nice way it's like, Hey, we all want to help, but Hey, I, I need the money. What would you say to someone. Who's getting it, maybe talking to yourself a few years ago before you got started. Did you ever think about going for-profit I'm not sure how this worked for profit, but that's something that I often see folks that are thinking about starting a nonprofit it's actually you might be able to help more people if you made it a for-profit.

It just depends on the type of thing we're looking to do. But what would you say to yourself? A few years ago before you 

Jason K. Johnson: got into this. So that would've never guessed, it would have been so much work. You, like you said, it's very competitive. I still do all of our marketing. I still have our social media.

We have two full-time employees. We have a thermal contractors. We have a lot of volunteers. We have a pretty big staff, but if you're going to be successful, you can't go out and employ 10 to 15 people. So we have two full-time employees, contractors as we need them. And all that. I had no idea that I would work.

24 seven trying to, get this going. It being my passion, I might wake up at 4:00 AM, answer emails, and I'm going to do that to midnight. And it doesn't bother me because it's, it is my passion and I'm trying to get it to grow. And I'm trying to achieve these things that we're talking about, that I've set out like the K9 here or the rehabilitation rehoming center.

So I would say I would have no idea that having a real job was so much easier before. We have a 115,000 followers now. So I post something out there. It goes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and people are coming. I'm the only person that replies to those or their there they're there.

They're emailing us things. There's no stay on top of all that. It's absolutely impossible. I tried to hit the main things, but. There's just so much to it in people. They want that responsiveness. They want you to be back out. I'm going to donate money to you. I want to hear from you. You get pulled in every direction and you really have to triage that and really focus on what's the most important things today and get those things accomplished because there's no way you can do everything in one day that, that you would yeah.

Scott Tucker: Cause you gotta be careful cause you if you're not. Really intentional about what the pap passion and purpose is. You can end up creating a job for yourself that makes you despise the thing that you've graded. So you've gotta be willing for that. Which clearly you are.

That's the whole point of what our philosophy is all about is I don't care what you're doing, how much money you're making. Are you waking up excited to do it? Cause if you're not there yet. Are you looking to be looking for your passion at all costs, I think is an important message.

What's as we wrap up your Jason what's. What would, if we were having this conversation three years from today what has got, what's got to happen for you and project K nine hero to feel good about your success personally and professionally. What do you, where do you see this going and that, I almost want to say it's a short term horizon, but I liked that three year Mark.

And especially these days, three minutes means nothing. I'm kinda throwing a throwing out there a little bit, but I think someone has a focus. So I'm curious to see, Hey, where's it. Where's this going? Where would you 

Jason K. Johnson: like it to go? Yeah. So next year we just announced recently we're doing our 20, 21 project on hero awards.

We're planning on to do that in DC. We're going to get a lot of members of Congress involved and we're going to, we're going to recognize seven. Of the nation's top police, military, or fire search and rescue dogs in different categories. And I think that's going to bring a lot of awareness to these heroes, not only by having it in DC and getting members of the government involved, it's going to bring awareness to our canine hero act, which I would love next year.

For our award show to start is in our inaugural show. We're going to look at some different networks. In my mind, I'm thinking of discovery. I'm thinking animal planet. Hopefully next year we'll get a broadcast. If we don't, I'll be looking to do it in the next year. And within that one year or two year time period, I'd like to see that canine hero at the past, it made into a loss.

So instead of working so hard for the donations where we're paying medical bills, we can get some of that funding from government and use that's going to be like a grant and that's going to bring a lot of pressure and stress off me. We paid a 751,000 programs services last year. So if we got a grant from the canine heroic for just say a quarter million dollars, that's $250,000 left, I have to worry about raising, or I can put that towards other Program applicants who are in need.

We have over a hundred. So those are the two biggest things. The three-year plan is really seeing this rehabilitation rehoming center come up. We've made it to a multimillion dollar organization for me working off my iPhone and traveling around without a corporate office. And that's almost impossible.

We need a place for our staff. So having the office built, having our rehab homie Kendall's, which is a 14 Kendall's in there established. We have three dogs right now that we could have in there. They're not in there and picking up a retired military working dog next month from Fairchild air force base in Spokane Washington.

We just got some temporary kennels, but it'd be nice if we had that building, the adoption cabins would be up. That's where. Veteran like youth who may want to adopt a doctor, come on, stay here on us for the weekend. Use our 177 acres to take walks, play with the dog. See if the bond is correct for you or you and your family before we make that commitment and have all those things in place.

So I think with the next three years, You're going to see us go from a $2 million organization in a year to about a $5 million five to $7 million organization year. Having our canine hero awards, enact. Hopefully it will be on TV having our rehabilitation re-homing center, almost completed or about done.

And having that canine here, like past. 

Scott Tucker: Man. No that's a vision. Everything from awards show to building out a kennel. No I did get the vision hope. My goal is I can get this thing going so I can be one of your, one of your corporate sponsors for sure. But how do out of folks who maybe can't do any more of those $25 a month?

Deals right now. How can they support? You said you got a good following one. I want to keep growing it, even one person at a time. Of course. Where do folks find a QI project? K nine 

Jason K. Johnson: hero. Yeah. So you know, our Facebook page or Instagram page or the biggest it's at project hero, you'll see us on there are Twitter is their project.

K nine hero. We also have a pretty good following on YouTube. We post live videos, so you can go to our YouTube. Subscribe to us there at project can on hero. My personal LinkedIn, Jason Johnson, the project hero has. I dunno about 24,000 followers on there. You can follow us on there and check it out. But most importantly, I realized not everybody, being a former enlisted soldier, a police officer and government worker, not everybody can afford to donate.

So if you can't just follow us, look at the great stories we're sharing everyday. Like Rex's today's story. Tomorrow, we will have a different story. And if you can't donate, understand, just share. If you just share our message, that's even good enough. Everybody always has to buy presents around Christmas time.

We have everything ranging from $5 gifts to $50 gifts, whether it be a hoodie, whether it be a children's book, whether it be our new deck of cards, a challenge coin. Everything from leashes and collars for your dogs to socks. So we have so many things in there. You can go in the proceeds from each of those, go back to helping our mission, helping take care of retired police, canines, military working dogs with medical care.

So check this out project team out here on.org. And like I said, follow us on those social media. And I understand not everyone can donate, but everyone gets free to share. And if you can do I'd really appreciate that. 

Scott Tucker: Yeah. And Jason, I'm assuming I don't know about calling congressmen or whatever, but Hey, you got an act going through right now.

Raising awareness around that. Is there anything specific around that you're looking to get 

Jason K. Johnson: done? Yeah, we need to report on that. So if you go to our page again, a project into her.org hit the canine hero act. You'll see a dropdown. You can read about it and read the act, but it says how to get involved and how to contact your Congressman.

We have some templates filled out and how you can let them know why this would be important to you. Because we feel obviously that. If a dog served our country, whether it be federal police or in the military, that they deserve our help and retirement, and that's not what's happening right now.

Once they adopt them out, they just release all that responsibility and whoever signs that hold harmless waiver. And that's not good enough for me, what would be good enough for me is to make sure every medical bill they had in license paid for a hundred percent. And that's what I'm fighting so hard for that.

And I say it all the time that these heroes spent their career protecting us. And now it's my turn to spend the rest of mine, protecting them. 

Scott Tucker: No, you're right on man. Fully behind the mission. Again, a little sad that I didn't realize this wasn't being taken care of. It seems like an obvious thing to take care of these dogs, but thank you for picking up the mission and being so successful with it so quickly.

Obviously a lot of dog lovers in this country. So I'm looking forward to seeing how it grows, but thanks again for coming on the show, man. Everybody else we'll see you next time. .

About the author 

Scott R. Tucker

Scott R. Tucker is an author, speaker and the founder of US VetWealth, a lifestyle and financial consulting brand that helps service members go from paychecks and government benefits to wealth and liberty. He likes to say, "I Help The 1% Who Serve Our Country Become The 1% Who Influence It." A West Point graduate, serial world traveler, military financial expert, and entrepreneur, Scott brings valuable experience and insight to those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.

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