Texas, USA: K9s for Warriors is a non-profit that pairs service canines with veterans to assist alleviate PTSD and other service-related trauma. The organization’s mission is to prevent veteran suicides.
K9s for Warriors has opened a new facility in San Antonio, Texas, intending to assist as many local veterans as possible.
An Army Veteran Bob Jones said, “I served in the Army for 20 years, just shy of 27 years, served all over the world, basically. But (in) combat I was in Afghanistan.”
Jones never goes out without his service dog named Grace. He says that Grace has been his lifeline. Jones met Grace five years ago through the K9s for Warriors program, and she changed his life.
Jones says that Grace warns him whenever he feels triggered by something without even comprehending how it affects him. Whether it is from memory or something that he had seen walking down the road that reminds him of his past. Grace immediately re-centers him and brings him back to the present.
K9s For Warriors
This new facility is directly next to the Animal Care Services on Highway 151. The CEO of K9s for Warriors, Rory Diamond believes in saving dogs from Animal Control Services, and training them to become adept support and service animals to help veterans. This helps them save the dogs’ lives and gives them a purpose to have a better quality of life by becoming service dogs. They are trained for 6-8 months before being assigned to a veteran.
The organization saves around 200 dogs every year and helps them get better.