Beginning Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – Dog Bless You will give away one dog per day for 11 days, ending Nov. 22.
While programs that pair service dogs with soldiers have sprung up in pockets across the country, Dog Bless You hopes to create passionate awareness nationwide and implement a standardized support campaign in order to streamline the dog donation process and better serve veterans.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the most prevalent health concerns for soldiers returning from action overseas. Over 500,000 U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 have been diagnosed with PTSD, and treatment for such psychological wounds of war has proved difficult. Time and time again, service dogs have made a difference in the lives of veterans with PTSD.
The stories are harrowing and moving – from one soldier’s testimony that his service dog kept him from committing suicide, to hundreds of families thanking companion and service dogs for bringing their loved ones back from the darkness of war.
The work of Dog Bless You is coordinated and funded by explore.org, a non-profit multimedia organization led by Charlie Annenberg Weingarten.