For veterans, life after service is often complicated. Now that their days in the military are over, they are left to face the challenges of integrating back into civilian life. Some may face permanent disability and mental health struggles, like post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), that require long-term care.
There are many organizations created with the goal of stepping into the areas of veteran’s lives where they need the most help. These organizations recognize the bond between humans and dogs and facilitate programs including pet therapy and service animals as support to vets.
Pets for Vets
The goal of Pets for Vets is twofold. This organization provides the comfort of a canine companion while helping rescue dogs find loving homes. They use a system called Super Bond® to match men and women retired from the military with dogs that are a good fit with their lifestyle and personality.
Before joining a new home, each pet is carefully trained through positive reinforcement by a professional dog trainer. To learn more about support Pets for Vets, visit their website or contact your local chapter.
Freedom Service Dogs
Each year, Freedom Service Dogs rescues an average of 200 dogs from shelters. These dogs are trained as service animals and then matched with individuals with exceptional needs. Their service animals are often matched with veterans or active military personnel facing conditions like PTSD, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injuries.
Through Patriot Paws, dogs are expertly trained to provide companionship and service to disabled veterans. This organization supports those with disabilities that impair the mobility along with those facing post-traumatic stress syndrome, with the goal of improving their independence and quality of life.
The service animals at Patriot Paws trained and matched with veterans at no charge, so the organization relies on charitable donations from those who care about supporting vets.
The men and women who have sacrificed so much so that our country can remain free and continue thriving are owed so much of our gratitude. One way to say thank you is to make regular contributions to the organizations that are focused on meeting their needs and support them in their everyday life after their service.
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