"I come from a military family that has been involved in public service for as long as I can remember. I volunteered as a proud American, wanting to make the USA a better and safer place. Times can be tough, and support for vets isn't always the greatest. When I came back from Iraq, I was plagued by nightmares. I needed someone next to me, to help me through the constant anxiety. Mutts 4 the Military provided that support. Now "Gracie" follows me everywhere, and provides me with a new lease on life."
Mutts 4 the Military rescues dogs from high-kill shelters and places them where they are needed the
most—with veterans and active duty military personnel. These dogs are vetted, trained, and certified as
emotional support companions at no cost to the recipient. We will also help with any future veterinarian
bills if needed. It is our goal to place at least 20 dogs a year with service members.
An estimated 31 percent of troops who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health
condition, primarily PTSD and depression (RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research). Nearly
1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition, according to a 2014 study in
In one study, more than 80 percent of their respondents diagnosed with PTSD, panic, and depression
reported a decrease in the mental health symptoms they experienced after receiving a companion dog.
Specifically, more than 84 percent reported a decrease in symptoms as a result of the canine
intervention. The study also indicated that 40 percent of the participants stated that they were able to
reduce the amount of medication needed to treat their symptoms after being paired with a service dog
(Esnayra & Love, 2005)
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