The Healing Power

of PTSD Service Dogs

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PTSD service dogs are providing life-saving benefits to military veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

The number of veterans with these “invisible” injuries is substantial. And these injuries can often have devastating effects on a veteran’s family, employment, and interpersonal life.

PTSD Service Dogs

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 20 Veterans commit suicide every day due to the debilitating effects of PTSD. Thankfully, service dogs are providing substantial help for Veterans even when other therapies cannot.

Over 3 Million U.S. Veterans

Currently struggle with PTSD, TBI, or MST

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PTSD
Service Dogs

Reduce the symptoms of PTSD in military veterans

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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 for veterans must be specifically trained to help their handlers perform tasks.

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

LIFE-SAVING SKILLS

Service Dog

Compression therapy during panic attacks

Alert

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 for veterans 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:

Time

Time

Some service dog providers have multi-year waitlists

Cost

Cost

High investment required to train and place a service dog.

Awareness

Awareness

About PTSD and the benefits service dogs provide

Stigma

Stigma

Associated with mental health issues

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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 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.

NO CHARGE | NO WAITLISTS!

See the many ways you can join our mission and help veterans and rescue dogs find hope and healing on their path to recovery together with this life-saving resource.

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