Imagine feeling that sense of loneliness, isolation, and anxiety… every day. Before the pandemic. Experiencing traumatic flashbacks, memory loss, feelings of hopelessness and even thoughts of suicide are just some of the symptoms that post-9/11 veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disability (PTSD) feel regularly.
A largely untold story is that 30% of U.S. veterans who have served post-9/11 – more than 500,000 men and women – suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their wartime experiences. And worse, over 8,000 U.S. military veterans take their own lives due to PTSD, meaning that an estimated 20 veterans are dying every day.
Enter K9s For Warriors – the nation’s largest provider of Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma. The organization rescues shelter dogs across the country and specially trains them to become Service Dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD.
Much like Elanco knows that healthy pets, means healthy people, K9s For Warriors has scientifically proven that Service Dogs are able to do the following for their veteran graduates:
• Lower overall symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress
• Lower levels of depression
• Higher levels of life satisfaction
• Higher overall psychological well-being
• Lower levels of social isolation and greater ability to participate in social activities
• Higher levels of resilience
• Higher levels of companionship
• Less absenteeism from work due to health among those who were employed
“This is not just a feel-good story,” said K9s For Warriors CEO, Rory Diamond. “This is science. We can see how Service Dogs help the brains of those with PTSD.”