Objective: Providing a companion for homeless veterans to aid emotional and physical rehabilitation. Service dogs that help treat cognitive problems and loyal friend for vets

Resource/Influence: Next Step Service Dogs

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Veterans returning from active duty service often suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), or both. These injuries are results of trauma and physical injuries sustained during deployment. There are many treatment options and it’s important to know all the options.

If you or a veteran you know is suffering from PTSD or TBI, let them know about Next Step Service Dogs. The organization provides combat injured heroes that suffer with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and affiliated physical disabilities with task trained medical service dogs as well as supplies, therapeutic group sessions, and natural treatment alternatives.

Next Step Service Dogs offers lifelong support through a more natural alternative to healing veteran bodies and minds. At the same time, they save the lives of shelter dogs that would otherwise be put to sleep. Every dog in their program is rescued, rehabilitated, trained, and placed with a veteran. Everyone wins because multiple lives are saved. The dogs are given a loving home and the veteran’s quality of life is improved with the medical assistance and healing power of their canine partner.

The dogs are actually trained in the tasks that will help their veteran owner with their disability. Dogs are trained to wake veterans from nightmares, remind them to take medication, physically interrupt panic attacks, and reduce stress and anxiety. Veterans receiving trained dogs from Next Step Service Dogs participate in the training process, which allows their dogs to be trained to suit their exact needs, while also creating a stronger bond between the dog and the veteran.

If you have a veteran in your life suffering from PTSD or TBI, who would benefit from a canine companion, make sure they’re aware of the opportunities available through Next Step Service Dogs.

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