WHO THEY ARE: According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, up to 20% of veterans may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A study by the VA in 2016 (the latest study available) found that approximately 20 veterans commit suicide every single day!
The Military Times reports that “providing support and assistance to suicidal veterans has proven difficult, in part because of the lack of data on the scope of the problem.”
The VA has hired over 5,000 mental health providers and support personnel, and upgraded its Veterans Crisis Line in response to the problem, and it has also elevated the profile of its suicide prevention office within the department, in addition to launching new partnerships with community health providers to offer counseling to veterans.
WHY WE WANT TO SUPPORT THEM: We believe that providing service dogs for veterans can make a difference! Doesn’t the VA Provide Service Dogs? Veterans approved for service dogs are referred to Assistance Dogs International accredited agencies or International Guide Dog Federation accredited agencies. There are several organizations & we’d love to raise enough money to pay for a service dog (or more if possible)!
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