Cory, the founder of ITSO Fine Art, is an Army veteran with more than 30 years of service in the Arkansas Army National Guard. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Memphis (1992) while also receiving her commission as a Second Lieutenant.
Cory created ITSO Fine Art to solve a problem she discovered while helping one of her Soldiers in seeking approval for his service dog “Clyde” to accompany him at work.
She learned that when a veteran is prescribed a service dog, the cost associated with fulfilling the prescription is not covered. In order to meet the criteria of a prescribed service dog, Clyde needed to be IGDF (International Guide Dog Federation) or ADI (Assistance Dog International) trained and certified. Clyde cost his veteran more than $20,000. Once Clyde and his veteran were paired, the Veterans Administration then covered the costs of caring for Clyde.
Since meeting Clyde, Cory has met a number of other service dogs, like Foley, and their veteran companions. Foley is specifically trained to prevent his veteran’s debilitating episodes caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS). Foley cost more than $55,000.
Cory decided to put her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree to work and fulfill her purpose of honoring her father by serving those who serve through ITSO Fine Art. Cory commissions original hand-painted portraits of pets with all proceeds going toward providing IGDF / ADI trained and certified service dogs to veterans and first responders.
As Cory reaches the end of her military career, her vision is for her movement to create ITSO Fine Art Center where veterans and first responders can heal and improve their quality of life through the fine arts. Art created by the ITSO Fine Art Center veterans and first responders would be available for purchase with all proceeds funding the IGDF / ADI training and certification of service dogs like Clyde and Foley.