War changes people. It can change people down to their very core. War can be overwhelming and impactful… it’s impossible to avoid an indelible mark. Men and women return home from war, but the war follows them home. It’s a story that’s all too common: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can take control over veterans’ daily lives. It’s like a dark passenger lingering within that stops them from living fully and freely. The brave people who choose to serve and protect this country shouldn’t have to feel like they’re just scraping by, surviving each passing day.
Enter service dogs… For many veterans, service dogs can help build the coping skills necessary to battle the effects of PTSD and TBI. These dogs provide support and companionship that can help mitigate the presence of symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, paranoia, anger, and social anxiety. Feeling safe should never be a luxury… it should be a basic human right.