Help train and provide service dogs of the highest quality, at no cost to disabled American veterans in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.
American Soldiers are coming home in greater numbers than in previous wars. Although the number of survivors has increased, they are coming back with more life-changing injuries and disabilities. This includes invisible injuries like PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. Over 400,000 veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD or TBI since 2001. We are losing these American Heroes at the rate of 22 per day to suicide.
GreaterGood.org is working with Patriot PAWS Service Dogs that specialize in training rescued dogs to provide services for Veterans with mental health issues. The goal is to cut down on the number of suicides by assisting disabled veterans in regaining their emotional and physical independence and confidence by providing them with a service dog. 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters per year. We are able to work with partners to identify dogs and pull them out of shelters and into our program. Dogs that do not end up meeting training goals for therapy purposes are adopted into loving homes.
PTSD dogs can be trained in approximately half the time of a mobility service dog. This will help us to place more dogs with more veterans. Thus, saving the lives of more veterans and dogs alike. A dog's gentle spirit that touches one's soul can provide companionship and comfort for veterans that no one else understands. This companionship offers the security and confidence that is desperately needed.
You can help. Just $5 can help get these veterans back to living a normal life. They have protected us - now you can help protect them.
Update From the Field
Patriot PAWS Service Dogs has just wrapped its Fall, 2018, Graduation!
We paired 7 disabled veterans with 7 service dogs! Thanks, in part, to the Gifts That Give More grant from GreaterGood.org. With your help veterans like Freedom are getting the assistance they need!US Army veteran, Freedom, served as a combat medic. She has been diagnosed with severe PTSD as the result of service-related events. Freedom received her service dog Gus at graduation held at the Rockwall training center. Prior to receiving Gus, Freedom was confined to her home as a result of her severe disabilities. Her dream of attending medical school and becoming a doctor were things she never thought would come to pass. Then she was matched with Gus. Currently, Freedom has passed her MCAT and is looking forward to medical school. Thanks to her service dog, Gus, Freedom has moved even closer to her dream of becoming a doctor!
The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build partnerships with local, state and national organizations to help develop and support this goal.
GreaterGood.org has ultimate authority and discretion with regard to the distribution of its funds. All expenditures made are consistent with the exempt purposes of GreaterGood.org.