I feel a very strong responsibility to remind others the importance of this day – paying respects to all the great men and women who lost their lives during and after the tragic attacks of 9/11/2001. Though this was 16 years ago (and sometimes it feels like yesterday), there are still many ways to give back and contribute to the associations that support our first responders, military, and impacted families.

Here are three ways you can give back:

  1. K9s For Warriors:  K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. The K9s program is completely free for veterans, so every donation counts! This organization hits close to home for me and many other dog lovers in the Austin office. Make a donation here.

K9s for Warriors

2. Marine Corp Association & Foundation: Men and women of all races and origins are serving our military. MCA&F aims to expand awareness of the rich traditions, history, and esprit of the United States Marine Corps. Make a donation here.


  1. Army Emergency Relief Associations: AER is focused on providing financial assistance for soldiers, retired soldiers, and their families. Donations are distributed through interest free loans, grants, and scholarships. These loans help support soldiers and vets with medical bills, dental care, food, home maintenance, and more. Make a donation here.

How to Help

It’s an honor to empower many organizations to achieve their missions through the work I do here at Abila. For more ways to give back in remembrance of 9/11, feel free to comment below!