[September 26, 2021] Americans love their pets. Some pets are more than just creatures to be loved but also help us by providing necessary care. Veteran service and guide dogs are those trained to assist Veterans in their everyday life. They are companions and helpers, and many of us would not function without these dogs.
Just this past week, our local veteran organization hosted a workshop where Veterans came to find out more about the benefits offered to those discharged from U.S. military service. One of the participants was a Veterans Administration Outreach specialist with his dog Alpha. His German shepherd assists him whenever anxiety is building. That’s when the dog is at his best.
Fortunately, over the past decade, several organizations have popped up specializing in training dogs for Veterans. Seeing Eye dogs and drug-sniffing dogs have been around for a long time. We know what they do. Now, the service dog provides a higher-level, more sophisticated benefit.
Such service dog programs were initially created to ensure improved mobility and independent living for our Vets. These programs allow them to live with pride and self-reliance more than ever before. Not only does a service dog provide support with daily activiti3es, but it also provides the motivation to tackle everyday challenges.
Training a dog to provide this level of care is not easy. And, not all dogs qualify. The cost of training can easily exceed $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog. There is no cost to the Veteran. Those approved by the U.S. Veterans Administration will receive monetary assistance to care for the dog.
These programs are worthy of our support. If you want to contribute to the betterment of our disabled veterans directly, then donate.
Here are a few of the larger organizations providing service dogs for our Veterans:
- America’s VetDogs
- American Humane
- Companions for Heroes
- Disabled American Veterans service animal program
- MK9S Service Dogs
- NEADS Service Dogs for Veterans
- Patriot Paws
- United States Veterans Service Dogs
- Veteran Service Dogs
Many of these organizations also train dogs for first responders. Give if you can.
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