After retiring from the military, many veterans struggle with day-to-day life. Roughly 20 veterans die by suicide each day because they feel it’s the only way to help with what they’re going through. That’s where K9s For Warriors comes in.
Founded in 2011 by Shari Duval, the vision for K9s For Warriors was to train shelter dogs as service dogs and pair them with veterans who have been affected by military-related traumas. Her son, Brett, was a K9 police bomb dog handler during his time serving in Iraq, and he came home with PTSD. She soon realized doctors could not help her son, but he was more himself with his dog, which is how K9s For Warriors was born.
K9s For Warriors is a lifetime program provided to veterans at no cost. It’s designed to deliver maximum benefit and support to veterans with minimum administrative costs. K9s For Warriors is honored to have many generous supporters who contribute to their nonprofit organization, allowing them to impact the lives of veterans and serve them the way they served our country.
Veterans interested in K9s For Warriors must qualify for the program. You must have become disabled while serving our country; however, your disability does not have to be combat-related. Applicants must have a verified clinical diagnosis of PTSD, TBI, or MST to qualify.
Here are the steps for the application/training process:
If you’re interested in learning more about K9s for Warriors, please reach out to us! We would love to be a resource for you!
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