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Warriors' Best Friend has two important missions. The first mission is to provide highly trained service dogs for soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at no cost to the solder. The orgnaization's second mission is to demonstrate the potential values homeless canines (rescue dogs) have to positively impact the lives of America's wounded soldiers.
The need is great: Service dogs can cost up to $25,000. Unless a soldier can afford to purchase a service dog, he/she must place their name on a wait list that can be as long as 3 years. That is a lifetime for a soldier with PTSD
Since the attacks of September 11th 2001, 2.5 million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. For the many men and women returning from multiple tours and long-sustained conflicts, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have emerged as signature injuries of the newest generation of soldiers. As they face a new battle on the Homefront, Warriors' Best Friend is bringing the power of the Human-Animal Bond to cities all across the United States to help these soldiers heal.
Medical studies prove that service dogs can help speed up a soldier’s recovery, both physically and emotionally. And unlike other treatments, service canines provide a lifetime of assistance and companionship. Carefully vetted rescue canines go through a rigorous training process and get a new lease on life as a partner for a deserving wounded warrior.