June is National PTSD Awareness Month
First of all, we want to express our gratitude to you for spending some of your valuable time keeping up to date with K9s For Warriors’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We truly are all in this together and we deeply appreciate your solidarity.
We believe losing 20 veterans to suicide a day is 20 too many. We believe that every veteran struggling with suicidal thoughts – and those who have lost the battle – are individuals with their own unique story.
K9s For Warriors is dedicated to reducing veteran suicide by pairing every veteran at risk of suicide with a highly trained service dog proven to improve their quality of life.
One of our graduates, Becca, wrote our staff this touching Christmas card about her past year with her service dog, Bobbi. It was so moving that we just couldn't keep it to ourselves. We hope you also take away feelings of compassion and inspiration from her message, knowing that your support of our program helps make this possible with each service dog team we graduate.
First of all, in honor of Veterans Day, we want to tell every veteran reading this blog post that we respect you and appreciate all your service and sacrifice to our country. We know that without you, we could not be the great and free country that we are. Go USA!
You already know that K9s For Warriors specializes in training service dogs for veterans with PTSD, TBI and/or MST.
World Mental Health Day has many different meanings to many different kinds of people. You likely develop an image in your mind as soon as seeing the phrase “mental health,” whether it involves someone you know, or personal experience with the subject.
In recognition of National Service Dog Awareness Month, we created a fun, 6-question quiz to test our followers’ knowledge about what a K9s For Warriors Service Dog truly is. We posted it to Facebook in early September and watched the answers roll in.
We were impressed by the Service Dog savviness we found!
The vast majority answered all six questions correctly:
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. At K9s For Warriors, we help prevent veteran suicide by giving hopeless warriors a way to find hope again: through a loving service dog, and a new family they can lean on for life. In this new PSA, our warrior trainers - some who were once suicidal themselves - explain how they found life again, and how they pass on their renewed hope to fellow veterans.
This is an update to our original blog post, published on 6/12/2019.
During the week of July 22nd, we learned that the House Veterans Affairs Committee denied support of the PAWS Act of 2019, H.B. 3103 - again. As a whole, we are extremely dissapointed at yet another setback to our servicemembers getting the PTSD treatment that some of them desperately need: a service dog.