Veterans returning from war can experience anxiety, depression, anger, nightmares, flashbacks, alcohol and substance abuse, panic attacks and despair. An estimated 22 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day.
A service dog can be life-changing and in some cases life-saving for our men and women returning from the front lines. Veterans matched with companion K9s experience:
- Feeling safe when alone
- Needing less anxiety medication
- Focusing on their dog rather than bad memories
- A new purpose in life
- Ability to sleep better
- Their dog nudging or placing his head on the vet’s lap when experiencing anxiety
- K9 companion waking them from nightmares
- Feeling safer out in public
- Reconnecting with family and friends
- Unconditional love from their new 4 legged buddy
Service Dogs are trained to meet the needs of their handler’s disabilities. Service dogs may accompany individuals with disabilities in public places.
Skilled Companion Dogs are trained in basic obedience skills and some custom tasks to assist a client with a disability. The dog is not granted public access and is trained to assist the client only in the home.