Help train and provide service dogs of the highest quality, at no cost to disabled American veterans in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.
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American Soldiers are coming home in greater numbers than in previous wars because of the improvements in body armor. Although the number of survivors has increased, they are coming back with more life-changing injuries and disabilities. This includes invisible injuries like PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Over 400,000 veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD or TBI since 2001. We are losing these American Heroes at the rate of 22 per day to suicide. Our goal is to cut down on the number of suicides by assisting disabled veterans in regaining their emotional and physical independence and confidence by providing them with a service dog. GreaterGood.org is working with Patriot PAWS Service Dogs that specialize in training rescued dogs to provide services for Veterans with mental health issues. 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters per year. Of those 3.9 million dogs, 1.2 million are euthanized. We are able to work with partners to identify dogs and pull them out of shelters and into our program. Dogs that do not end up meeting training goals for therapy purposes are adopted into loving homes.
It takes 2 to 2.5 years to train a full mobility service dog. However, PTSD dogs can be trained in approximately half that time. This will help us to place more dogs with more veterans. Thus, saving lives of more veterans and dogs alike. It is reported that nearly 30% of our military men and women will suffer from PTSD without any other injury or disability. These veterans cannot escape the horrors of war because of the overwhelming anxiety that follows them home. They also battle the difficulty of having injuries that cannot be seen by others. What people cannot see, they do not understand even though it is very real and traumatic to the injured party. A dog's gentle spirit that touches one's soul can provide companionship and comfort for veterans that no one else understands. This companionship offers the security and confidence that is needed to thrust them back into society and learning to live in the civilian world.
With a small donation of just $5 can help get these veterans back to living a normal life. They have protected us—now you can help protect them.
Update from the Field
Patriots Paws Service Dogs 2017 grading class of 4 veterans included a US Navy MM1 (SW) who served in Guam on board the USS Frank Cable AS-40. Michael operated the ship's main propulsion boilers. An accidental boiler tank explosion on board nearly killed him, and it did kill two of this shipmates. Michael has endured fifty surgeries and countless hours of therapy as a result of the injuries sustained in the explosion. He was left with visible scars as well as those we cannot see included including Post Traumatic Stress and Depression.
Walking into the Spring 2017 graduation class, Michael was aware of the potential a service dog has to change his life. He was not prepared, however, for the incredible bond that would form with the service dog who picked him to serve. Service dog, Stan, bonded in ways that change lives. Michael said, "I wanted to take my recovery to the next level, I fought to become more independent to relieve the burden I had placed on my family, and with the advanced training of Mr. Stan, I can now depend on him to help me with the tedious tasks that my family used to have to help me with. My family can finally stand down because I now have a buddy that loves to help and look after me!"
Patriot PAWS Service Dogs is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American Veterans, and others with mobile disabilities and PTS in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build partnerships with state and community organizations to help develop and support this goal.
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