We've all heard stories about how animals can help people in need.

But few things compare to the amazing impact dogs have had improving the lives of PTSD-wounded veterans.

Dogface K9s is a new not for profit that trains veterans and dogs into self-supporting teams.

Studies have shown that by having a canine companion, veterans experience improved physical and mental health and are better able to cope with PTSD. These loyal pets complete change their owners lives, providing unconditional love and comfort for those who often suffer silently, helping to restore self-confidence, reduce loneliness and fear, and even save the lives of PTSD wounded veterans.

It's truly incredible how something as simple as giving a furry friend a loving home can make such a huge difference in the life of someone who has sacrificed so much.

Military Veteran

Veteran Statistics

  • Among all U.S. adults—including Veterans—the average number of suicides per day rose from 81.0 per day in 2001
    to 121.0 in 2020. The average number of suicides per day among U.S. adults was highest in 2018 (127.4 per day).
  • The average number of Veteran suicides per day rose from 16.4 in 2001 to 16.8 in 2020. It was highest in 2018 (18.6 per day). Of the on average 16.8 Veteran suicides per day in 2020, approximately 39.7% (6.7 per day) were among Recent Veteran VHA Users16 and 60.3% (10.1 per day) were among Other Veterans.
  • Over the 2 decades from 2001 through 2020, the Veteran population decreased by 24.6%, from 25.7 million to 19.4 million.
  • Among annual cohorts of Recent Veteran VHA Users, the average number of suicides per day increased from 4.3 in
    2001 to 6.7 in 2020.
  • Among all Veterans in 2020, suicide was the 13th leading cause of death.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after someone has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event

  • According to the National Center for PTSD, about 7 or 8 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in their lives
  • PTSD can cause flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and depression
  • Service members and veterans are particularly at risk for developing PTSD
  • The Veterans Administration does not currently provide dogs to veterans with PTSD as part of its treatment program
  • The Paws Act was introduced in Congress in 2017 with the goal of providing service dogs to veterans with PTSD, this bill has not been funded
Veteran with dog
Military Veteran Dog Donations

Helpful tips:

  • Exercise and mental stimulation: Dogs need regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay healthy and happy. A daycare facility can provide a variety of activities and toys to keep your dog active and engaged.
  • Professional supervision: A daycare facility run by veterans may have staff members who are trained in dog behavior and can provide professional supervision to ensure the safety and well-being of all the dogs in their care.
  • Convenience: If you are unable to be home with your dog during the day due to work or other commitments, a daycare facility can provide a safe and stimulating environment for your dog while you are away.
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