Every single day, 22 veterans will commit suicide. We, as a country, need to stop this epidemic.

One in 8 soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan war will suffer from PTSD, and 62% of veterans who showed signs of PTSD did not seek help.

When paired with a service dog, 82% of veterans with PTSD had decreased symptoms, and some were able to take fewer or completely stop taking medications.

Why have a service dog?

  • The animal-human bond is part of emotional, mental and physical healing
  • Alternative therapy can be used in conjunction with other therapies
  • Receive a companion who will love you unconditionally
  • Reduces blood pressure and stress
  • Increases the feel-good hormone Oxytocin
  • Playing, petting, training or even gazing into a dog’s eyes releases Oxytocin
  • Heightens veterans’ sense of safety
  • Reminds veterans to take any medications
  • Helps balance issues
  • Some veterans also have TBI , Traumatic Brain Injury, and the service dog will remind them to complete tasks
  • Veterans need to socialize their dog, so a veteran’s ability to interact successfully with a dog is the first step to interacting with people
  • Dogs are non-judgemental
  • Dogs can sense the moods you are experiences
  • Dogs are so perceptive that they will awaken veterans from nightmares
  • Helps relieve symptoms of hypervigilance
  • Teaches patience and trust
  • Get veterans out of isolation and outdoors
  • Helps motivate them to exercise which releases the feel-good hormone Oxytocin

Good hormone: Oxytocin

  • Helps form relationships
  • Builds and reinforces trust
  • Reduces stress, anxiety, fear and pain
  • When we cuddle, kiss or hug, the hormone elevates which makes us feel good

Bad hormone: Cortisol

  • Stress is elevated
  • Increases agitation, restlessness, fear
  • Increased sense of isolation leads to increased levels of this hormone