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To train, assist, guide and serve veterans who have been diagnosed by the Veteran's Administration (VA) with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through the operation of a Service Dog Program.
In support of this mission, to search out and qualify veterans in need of psychological healing through a service dog program; to evaluate the dog that the veteran brings to the program for suitability to be a service dog; to provide qualified volunteer trainers and a training regimen in obedience, public access and tasks/work that the dog will perform in order to meet the individual needs of the veteran; to provide a facility suitable for this training; and to have available on staff volunteer professional social workers to help the veteran deal with psychological issues which may arise as they work through the program.
"Healing the Invisible Wounds of Military Conflict" Dog T.A.G.S. (Train Assist Guide Serve) is a service dog owner training program for veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). The veteran trains his/her personal dog with the help of experienced dog trainers. We have veterans who have served in conflicts ranging from Vietnam to present day Iraq and Afghanistan. Dog T.A.G.S. was incorporated on December 6, 2012. The Founders of the organization are all veterans suffering from combat caused PTSD who knew the need for a program like this to help them heal. The program meets one day every week for two hours at the OTCH Dog Training Club located at 1 Souder Court, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. The veterans have the opportunity to share their thoughts in a group setting with a social worker and then train their dogs to become their service dogs with qualified trainers to instruct and review training tasks. The Dog T.A.G.S. program is entirely staffed by unpaid volunteers. Along with qualified trainers, each training program has at least one certified Social Worker present to discuss any of the veterans needs. We are always accepting donations. Please contact us for more information.
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