The Decker Foundation

Operation Freedom
The Eric & Jessie Decker Foundation, through its fundraising efforts and community outreach, strives to positively impact the lives of United States military service members and veterans as well as animals. EJDF is committed to service to those who have served us via Deckers Dogs, which helps fund the rescue, care and training of service dogs for military veterans returning home with disabilities. This piano was created with the aid of Sing for Hope Volunteer Artist Jessica Browne-White. Jessica Browne-White (aka DreamscapesInk) is a New York based multidisciplinary artist who focuses on visual and physical storytelling. She is a creator of worlds and a purveyor of mystery, magic, and transformation. She believes we are all capable of imagining and re-creating the world as it isn’t - yet. Her visual artwork has been displayed in group exhibitions in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington DC, and Chicago. Recent theatrical production credits include the creation of a devised theater piece entitled “The Graces” - a work in progress most recently shown at Leimay’s 2015 SOAK Festival. Jessi has been a Sing for Hope volunteer artist since 2013 and has created, or assisted in the creation of, five pianos to date. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to be part of an organization that spreads so much joy to so many people.
About the piano
We named our piano after the program we support through the Eric + Jessie Decker Foundation and Deckers Dogs. Freedom Service Dogs’ Operation Freedom helps returning war veterans and military personnel transition from active duty and combat to civilian life. Service members and veterans are placed with highly specialized service dogs that help them find a new level of independence in their post-combat life. After fighting for our Freedom overseas, returning military personnel and veterans face a myriad of challenges including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, immobility and inactivity. While some veterans find themselves making a relatively easy transition to civilian life, many face a much more challenging. Their disability, mental, physical or both, does not care if someone is around to assist with picking up dropped items or provide assistance when getting out of bed. The disability does not wait for a mental health professional to be available to level a dissociative situation or a trigger to a disturbing flashback. Service dogs help people with PTSD to regain normal feelings. Dogs make great listeners, meaning the service dog can also double as a therapy dog for their human companion. In addition, the dog’s keen senses and intense loyalty allow veterans to get comfortable relying on their dogs when determining whether a perceived threat is real. Operation Freedom describes the Freedom our military members fight for, the Freedom that is given to our rescue dogs who go into training and the Freedom our veterans find through these dogs.