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Pets for Vets: The “Heel”ing Process

August 12th By Ellie Diaz

Pets for Veterans

A Second Chance for Animals, A Helping Hand for Veterans

David, a returning Sergeant previously deployed to Iraq, was aware he needed more than just therapy and medication after his life was plagued with symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Sounds that seem natural and common to most people- a passing truck, creaking branches- became constants reminders of wartime anxiety. When David was paired with a rescued Indo mix named Rakassan, everything changed.

Before meeting her new owner, Rakassan underwent specific training, such as recognizing panic behaviors, which assisted David with his challenges. With Rakassan’s by his side, David can now attend his son’s baseball games without experiencing high anxiety and enjoy a good night’s rest, uninhibited by nightmares.

Pets for Vets Helping

Pets for Vets is a nonprofit organization whose chapters stretch across the United States. Its team is dedicated to rescuing animals, matching their personality to prospective owners, training them to meet the needs of returning soldiers, and placing them into welcoming hands. The results have been emotionally overwhelming. Veterans who suffer from PTSD, TBI, depression, anxiety, isolation, panic attacks, emotional trauma and physical disablement become inseparable from their furry friend. The success stories are so intertwined; it’s impossible to strictly determine who rescued who.

If you or someone you know could benefit from a loving animal, click here.

Click here for another story from Pets for Vets.

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