Dogs for veterans!
Service and therapy dogs give veterans something to lean on.
Far too many soldiers return from the war with disabling injuries and disabilities that make it difficult for them to cope with the challenges of every day life.
But there is hope. Specially trained dogs of all shapes, sizes and color are helping these veterans in a wide variety of ways to give them the assistance they need to help them live a more full life.
This lens honors these canine heroes who give of their lives to veterans throughout the United States, and serve them unselfishly; providing them with much needed assistance, comfort and friendship.
Service dogs help disabled veterans.
Organizations that provide veterans with service and therapy dogs.
Helping those who have served our country honorably to live with dignity and independence whether they are visually impaired or have other special needs, by using guide dogs, service dogs, and innovative technologies
- Canines for Combat Veterans
Canines for Combat Veterans, is part of NEADS, New England Assistance Dog Services. Their mission is to rescue and train dogs to assist individuals with everyday tasks. Their goal is to provide the trained dogs to all qualified applicants.
- Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge.
- The Dog Tags Program
Soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with disabling injuries that make it difficult to cope with the challenges of daily life. In order to provide much needed assistance, Puppies Behind Bars has started the Dog Tags program.
- Patriot Paws
Patriot Paws is passionate, committed, and obligated in their goal to train service dogs that will enhance the lives of disabled veterans who have given so much for our nation, and to provide a service for other Americans with mobile disabilities.
- Hero Dogs, Inc.
Hero Dogs, Inc. is a Maryland 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose purpose is to train and place service dogs with military veterans who have been injured and/or disabled while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Service and therapy dog books.
Dogs are heroes in veterans eyes.
With a year-old golden retriever at his feet, Iraq war veteran Christopher Hill slept soundly through the night - something the muscular Marine staff sergeant hadn't experienced in four years.
Deuce, a chocolate Labrador retriever, knows exactly which patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington give the best treats, said his owner, Harvey Naranjo.
Both he and Deuce are part of the Military Advanced Training Center, a department at Walter Reed that cares for severely disabled veterans.
A Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder received an unconventional prescription in July - a cat named Patch.
(Photo by Alan Poizner for The New York Times)
Nolls helps Joe adjust to life after Afghanistan
Joe Keck is a soldier in the US Army who lost his left arm while serving in Afghanistan.
When Joe heard about the NEADS Canines for Combat Veterans Program while recuperating at Walter Reed, he requested that a Service Dog help him carry his text books and open heavy doors for him as he plans on returning to college. He also asked if his Service Dog could pick up small objects for him as it was difficult to do this with his prosthetic device.
Now Nolls, a big black lab, who was raised by inmates at the Hampshire County Jail fills the bill becoming Joe's extra hand.
Photo and story courtesy of Canines for Combat Veterans
Chris shares his story of PTSD and how his dog, Pele, helps him get through the day.
War dogs are veterans too.
Working alongside brave soldiers, K9 Corps have helped soldiers since WW I fight for our freedom - saving many, many lives, with no regard for their own.
Many times these dogs are wounded and in need of therapy themselves. In 2008, a new $15 million veterinary hospital for four-legged military personnel opened at Lackland Air Force Base, offering a long overdue facility that gives advanced medical treatment for combat-wounded dogs.
Over the years these dogs have given their lives to military service, while others return home to live out their life in the peace and comfort of their handler families.
Visit my Dogs of War lens and learn more about our canine military heroes throughout history.
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