Itâ€™s Memorial Day weekend â€“ Monday is a day to remember those who have died in active military service. As we remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, I canâ€™t help but think of the vets who live with the horrors they have seen. That makes it practically impossible to transition to â€œregularâ€ life again. Pets â€“ especially dogs â€“ can change lives for anyone with PTSD. Iâ€™m
amazed with what animals can do for others!
Hereâ€™s an excerpt of a story from companionsforheroes.org:
I was startled awake, only to find the lights already on. My service dogâ€”my partner, my lifeline, my friendâ€”nudged my arm and handed me a cold bottle of water. I hugged the cool container to my chest, rocking slightly, as she jumped into bed with me and laid across my legs. Abandoning the water, I wrapped my arms around her as her soothing weight began to settle my nerves. She gently licked my cheeks and I whispered into her fur, â€œThanks for being there.â€ The nightmare was long gone so we settled back down to sleep. Read more
Service dogs help reduce serious mental breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, medical/psychiatric costs, and the risk of violence, alcoholism, drug use and depression. (companionsforheroes.org)
- With the help of a service dog veterans:
Report feeling safe, protected and loved
- Often return to work or go to college.
- Are more able to care for their families.
There are many ways to help these programs â€“ below is just a short list of
groups who work with veterans and service dogs â€“ note that these are just from
my research, I do not receive any compensation for sharing these.
So, on this Memorial Day, remember those who have given their lives for their country. Thank a vet who struggles everyday. And remember just how amazing animals are in all of our lives!