The idea of using therapy dogs to treat Veterans suffering from war wounds, including PTSD, is spreading. Therapy dogs not only offer physical assistance to the paralyzed, they also offer comfort and support to Wounded Warriors suffering from PTSD. To watch a video from CNN about this issue visit:
The IAVA daily newsletter on Thursday included an update on The Soldiers Project, a non-profit organization providing free, confidential counseling to Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.
Founded by Dr. Judity Broder in 2005, The Soldiers Project includes over 220 volunteers in Southern California and over 180 volunteers at satellite programs in Sacramento, Seattle, Chicago, Boston and New York. The organization is comprised of licensed mental health professionals offering free psychological treatment to military service members. They serve Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization also provides treatment to family members and is conducted in private offices. They are completely confidential and do not report to any governmental agency.
Click here to visit The Soldiers Project online for more information
Amazing story about a true American Hero.
Watch your local listings for the Upcoming National Geographic Documentary, Inside Iraq. Former Deuce Four Stryker Soldier Adam Lingo is featured. Watch the preview and be sure to tune in for the full 2-hour show.
A small but generous group known as Operation Wolfhound is providing service dogs to Veterans suffering from PTSD. According to the US Army website, the group was started in 2008 and has donated seven Borzoi service dogs so far. Borzois make good service dogs because they are very intelligent, sympathetic and not agressive.
The benefits of these partnerships is great. Assistance partner dogs provide veterans suffering from PTSD and other disorders with comfort and companionship - something medication is unable to provide.
For now, Operation Wolfhound relies on donated time from over 100 volunteers to run their program and does not currently accept donations. To read more, visit http://www.lundr.com, or find them on Facebook by searching "Operation Wolfhound".
Similar organizations are operating to provide service dogs to wounded Veterans.
Psychiatric Service Dog Society is currently raising funds to support their organization because they have been overwhelmed by demand. Learn more or make a donation: http://www.psychdog.org
Saint Francis Service Dogs provides service dogs for residents of Virginia http://www.saintfrancisdogs.org
America's Vet Dogs, http://www.guidedog.org/vetdogs.htm, provides guide dogs for Veterans who are blind or visually impaired.
When America's service members are deployed to war they leave behind many things. Some have spouses and children. Others leave careers, bills and community commitments. Many leave their pets. Finding a place for their pets to live during deployment can be difficult. Sometimes pets have to be given up because there is simply no place for them to go.
Fortunately, several organizations have stepped up to help our members of the military and their furry friends find appropriate foster homes during deployment.
Volunteers and Service Members can connect through the following non-profit organizations:
Guardian Angels for Soldiers' Pets
Military Pets Foster Project
Operation Noble Foster
(888) 303-9454 Emergency Rescue Line