Our friends over at the Game Dog Guardian, who have several therapy dogs that make weekly trips to Veterans Hospitals in Lawrence, KS have a video in honor of the veterans that have served us, and who they also serve.
Time Magazine has an extremely touching video talking about how service dogs are helping many of our nation's veterans cope with post traumatic stress disorder following a return from combat.
The soldiers themselves are telling their stories of how they struggled to deal with family and friends again after serving overseas and how getting a service dog helped them integrate back into life.
According to one spokesperson the video, 18 veterans commit suicide every day in this country -- that's 6,570 suicides a year.
Meanwhile, 4 million animals are killed in shelters each year. They are making attempts to match the dogs to the veterans to end the deaths of both groups.
It is dog's like these in the vidoe (several are 'pit bull type' dogs) that the recent US Department of Justice Ruling on the Americans with Disabilities Act that says service dogs should be exempt from breed-specific laws -- just for people (and dogs) like these. And these are the same people that the city of Denver continues to want to discriminate against by delaying their vote to allow exceptions to their 'pit bull' ban for service dogs.
Thanks to Time for the touching stories. Thanks to the men and women of our military for their services....and thanks to the dogs for theirs.