The Healing Power of PTSD Service Dogs

22 Veterans are Lost to Suicide Every day.

PTSD service dogs are providing life-saving benefits to military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). These are invisible wounds of war inflicting devastating effects on veterans, their families, employment, and interpersonal life.


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Compression therapy during panic attacks


Recognize and interrupt harmful behaviors

Wake from Nightmares

Wake Veteran from nightmares

Barrier in Public Places

Create protective barrier in public places

The Benefits

Some of the benefits of PTSD service dogs include:

  • The ability to recognize and cope with symptoms
  • Greater self-sufficiency
  • Decreased reliance on prescription drugs
  • Confidence to return to work or school
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Lowered cortisol levels
  • Reduced hypervigilance
  • Strengthened family relationships
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Sense of daily purpose.

The Problem

While the benefits of PTSD service dogs are miraculous and substantial, the ease of getting a service dog is another story. 

Less than 1% of veterans and service members in need of a service dog are able to get one.

Less than 1% receive a service dog

Obstacles that stand in the way of a veteran getting a PTSD service dog:



Some service dog providers have multi-year waitlists



High investment required to train and place a service dog.



About PTSD and the benefits service dogs provide



Associated with mental health issues

Over 3 Million U.S. Veterans

Currently struggle with PTSD, TBI, or MST

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Reduce the symptoms of PTSD in military veterans

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The Need Outpaces Availability

The demand for life-saving PTSD service dogs for Veterans is staggering.

18.2 Million Veterans live in the United States.
1 in 3 Veterans struggle with mental health challenges.
Approximately 20% of Veterans Struggle with PTSD.

Approximately 22 Veterans commit suicide every day due to the debilitating effects of PTSD. Service dogs are providing help for Veterans even when other therapies cannot.

Service Dogs

Emotional support, therapy, and companion dogs are not the same as service dogs.

Approximately 500,000 Service Dogs on Duty in the US.
19% of Service Dogs are trained to help with PTSD.

Like service dogs for the blind, deaf, and physically disabled, PTSD service dogs must be specifically trained to help their handlers perform tasks.

Service dogs are protected by federal law under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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We’re on a mission!

K9 Partners for Patriots is devoted to ensuring that as far as we can reach, every qualifying veteran with service-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), or military sexual trauma (MST) can obtain the service dogs they need.


Our heroes can live the life they deserve thanks to the generosity of our K9 Partners. See the many ways you can help veterans and rescue dogs find hope and healing on their path to recovery together.

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