The phrase “got your six” was first used by WWI fighter pilots to let their colleagues know they had their back. The “six” position, referring to the blind spot at the rear of the plane, is the most vulnerable to attack from unseen enemies. It must have been comforting to know that during their most vulnerable moments, when everything else around them was chaos, someone was watching after them and making sure they were safe.
Nowadays, the phrase “got your six” is shared among all branches of the military as well as all first responders, from firefighters to law enforcement agents. But what happens when our heroes retire and there’s no longer anyone there to watch their backs? For many, a very different fight begins against a similarly deadly, unseen foe. Post traumatic stress afflicts tens of thousands of veterans and former first responders each year. Unfortunately, some feel the only way out is taking their own life. Enough so that 20% of suicides in the U.S. are veterans, alone. Those 8,000 annual deaths don’t even take into consideration the more than 11,000 estimated failed or unreported suicide attempts.
As you can see, the problem is as alarming as it is complex. And complicated issues require strategic and proven solutions. Enter an organization with a unique approach to solving the problem: Got Your Six Support Dogs.