“My Dog Saved Her Life” — The PAALS Program
Many veterans come home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; some cases are quite severe.
This has been true with every war, of course, but today the military is working more proactively to alleviate the suffering of our wounded warriors.
This touching video examines “PAALS,” a program that trains service dogs to be a soldier’s best friend — a companion to “watch his back” and provide a greater sense of security.
According to PAALS’s website, “PAALS trains animals to assist people with varying abilities to live more independent and enriched lives by providing them with assistance dogs. Some of our specially trained canines are taught to turn lights on and off, tug open doors, pick up dropped items and alert for help to assist individuals in wheelchairs. Other dogs go on to assist children with autism and soldiers with PTSD to accomplish therapeutic and real life goals.
During the two-year training period required to produce a service dog from a puppy, PAALS also provides programs for underserved youth, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Some examples of programs that use puppies and dogs in training include a summer camp that brings youth and individuals with disabilities together for assistance dog training, outreach visits to retirement homes and educational programs for youth.”
Watch this video and see how effective, gentle, and healing these dogs can be for our returning veterans. Amazing.