There is so much information regarding Service Dogs and Veterans, some misrepresented and some just ‘what you see is what you get’, as well as some which have a last tribute. Service dogs have received notoriety in recent years along the way bringing us some stories of great sacrifice and caring for another. Dogs in war have had a place for a great number of years, they have however been only thought of as another tool or a piece of equipment. They have in recent years become an extension of the service member and therefore brought home and recognized for the work they do. www.arkinspace.com/2013/06/the-dogs-of-war-tribute-to-mwd-military
Service personnel returning home have always had psychological and physical difficulties. Now there is more emphasis put on helping these service members re-enter society with a helping hand. More and more often that helping hand could more aptly be called a helping paw. Again the Veteran’s Administration and many organizations have taken on the task of training these dogs to work and live right along side the returning veteran. Whether the service person is living alone or within a structured family many times there is need for an extra set of eyes, an intuitive sense and a common bond shared between man and dog.
One such organization designed and helping service personnel was featured in a story on KTVU Fox News, April 24, 2015 out of Menlo Park, CA. This story is one of seeing a need, developing a plan and producing a product worthy of helping our returning veterans. www.wn.ktvu.com/story/28895410/menlo-park-non-profit-training-service-do… While another 501C3 has perhaps more experience in this venue they have a success rate impressing many in Washington D.C. while seeking only to provide for our veterans, www.patriotpaws.org. They utilize our large prison population for the puppy training and socializing of the dogs being prepared for service. There is a book which may provide more insight for those of us outside of this creative circle, that book would be “Until Tuesday; The story of a wounded warrior and the Golden Retriever who saved him”, by Luis Carlos Montalvan.
And we should not in any way diminish the wounds of the military dogs that go forth in war to provide life-sustaining acts so our men and women can come home. Many times they will be wounded or killed while providing the service they were trained for and doing so in a highly professional manner. We provide life sustaining medical treatment for them as well www.prosthetics.va.gov/ServiceAndGuideDogs. We make it possible for them to go home with the person or persons they have worked side-by-side with while serving our country.