How Dogs Help
How Service Dogs help Disabled Veterans
The Service Dog is an advocate for every soldier suffering with loss of limbs, traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, seizures, paralysis, hearing loss, and many other serious illnesses and injuries.
You can see it in their eyes, and you can feel it in your heart.
Service Dogs and what they do: Hundreds of thousands of Veterans have sustained life altering injuries and illness on and off the battlefield as a result of exposure to nasty chemicals, close proximity to explosions, and things that I dare not even imagine. The need for Service Dogs outweigh the supply, and Veterans who have obtained Service Dogs on their own, are expected to care for them on their own, (without any assistance from the VA).
Seeing Eye Dog – For blindness. Dogs use their sight to guide their Veteran in a number of ways giving them the ability to get around the house or outside with confidence and independence by indicating that a door or stairway is ahead, a crosswalk, etc. and can retrieve a ringing phone, or nearly a million other things.
Hearing Dog – are trained to make physical contact to their Veteran and lead them to the source of a sound such as a knock at the door, an alarm, ringing telephone, etc.
Balance/Mobility Dog – gives support to walk independent of crutches or wheelchair.
Seizure Alert Dog – Can detect when a seizure is imminent, and give advance warning.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – these dogs are a valuable asset to assist the Veteran recovering from War traumas.
Traumatic Brain Injury – having the support of a dog by your side every day, 24/7 gives hope and strength, and is an awesome power of healing.