It can be difficult for a Veteran to come home from service and find it easy living life back in the States. According to The Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly 30% of all soldiers suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and about 184 new cases are diagnosed daily. In addition, 1 in every 6 soldiers attempt or experience suicidal tendencies. This statistic is almost equally as heartbreaking as it is shocking given what these brave men and woman have just experienced defending our country. K9’s for Warriors and Animal Fair, along with Wendy Diamond, are dedicated to finding ways to provide canine service to our warriors who are suffering from PTSD. These dogs have proven effective in helping with the recovery process.
So what happens with the money donated to this cause? For every dollar donated, 94 cents goes directly to the organization. The money is then used to pair a local dog, who would otherwise be euthanized, with a local soldier and take them through a three week training program. The warrior will meet with and begin learning the skills necessary to train their new dog, on site in Florida. The program provides the canine, training, certification, seminars, equipment, housing, and vet care.
Celebrities like Glee’s Jane Lynch and Law and Order’s Danny Pino have spoken out in support of K9’s for Warriors. Lynch says, “K9’s for warriors is doing some wonderful work and I’m more than happy to lend my support. My dog makes me a better person, she takes care of me as much as I take care of her and I love her so deeply. And I think people become better people when they have pets. I know how important my dog has been to me and I can’t imagine life without an animal, and so that’s why I support these causes.” Now that’s something any pet owner can agree on.
Pino has said, “It’s a valuable cause. When you talk about what’s happening around the country with soldiers coming back and sometimes not feeling support. To have an organization that actually is making a difference, I think people are really scratching their heads and trying to figure out how we can help as citizens and this is an organization that is actually taking steps to alleviate the problem. Alleviate the epidemic.”
So why not help support a cause that will save both a Veteran and a dog. Help unite man with his best friend! For donations and more information, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/barkbusinesstour.