Two big problems, one great solution.
An epidemic of veteran suicides
Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives in the United States…almost one per hour. These veterans serve their country and then come home to face the even greater challenges of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and related challenges that can leave them debilitated, sleepless, and unable to cope. Massachusetts and New Hampshire are home to about 500,000 veterans. If Veteran’s Administration estimates are correct, that means that about 20% of those, or 100,000, of our friends and neighbors are suffering with these invisible wounds right now.
Overflowing animal shelters
Each year, more than 80,000 dogs wind up homeless in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Many of these animals are sweet-tempered and trainable, but there’s just nowhere for them to go. The sad result? Nearly half of all shelter animals are euthanized.
Operation Delta Dog was founded in 2013 with a mission to improve those odds.
Assistance animals are a practical and successful way to reduce stress, treat depression, and manage the panic attacks associated with PTSD, TBI, and MST. Trained dogs, however, are in short supply. Very few service dog organizations focus solely on veterans, and even fewer utilize rescued dogs in their programs.
Working with experienced trainers and positive-reinforcement methods, we rescue homeless dogs from shelters and breed-rescue groups and train them to work as service dogs with local veterans who are suffering with PTSD and TBI. Veterans can participate in training without leaving their jobs or families and find relief from the debilitating symptoms of PTSD, TBI, and MST.
The dogs get the homes they need, and the veterans get the help they deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
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