Excerpted from the article: Wouldn’t it be great to give both dog and veteran a second chance to lead a fulfilling life?
I am the proud wife of a veteran. He served in OIF as an E7 Scout Platoon Sgt in the Montana National Guard and came home a changed man. His story is not unique. His Humvee suffered an IED explosion in February 2005. He went on to suffer numerous secondary blast incidents. He tells me constantly how he would like to thank those people who built that up-armored Humvee because it saved his life and his men’s.
They all walked away. But he didn’t walk away unhurt. On the outside, he looked just fine. After his return, he was diagnosed with hidden injuries: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). There are days he’s not allowed to drive. There are days he battles anxiety and anger. There are days he doesn’t resemble the man I fell in love with.
As I watched him on these rough days, I noticed something that would soon change both of our paths. I watched him lay on the floor with his dogs. I watched his demeanor change almost instantly. He calmed down. His anger dissipated. He became a bit more of the man I knew. And, of course, the dogs loved every moment of his attention.
Understanding the relief the dogs brought him, we had an idea: wouldn’t it be great to find an organization that could help place adoptable shelter dogs with veterans and provide training to them as a team? Wouldn’t it be great to give both dog and veteran a second chance to lead a fulfilling life?
Why shelter dogs? Montana has an overabundance of great dogs that just need a second chance. Our veterans deserve the very best we can give them and so do these amazing dogs who just need someone to believe in them!
Dog Tag Buddies is dedicated to providing veterans with hidden injuries the opportunity to lead more fulfilling lives by providing no cost services in the adoption and training of rescued dogs to become companion or service animals.
Learn more about this terrific organization at: Dog Tag Buddies
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