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A Soldier’s Best Friend

A Soldier’s Best Friend

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 8:14am

 

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

Today is Veteran’s Day.  For some, it means an extra day off work to relax and have some fun, for others, it is a day for remembrance and to honor those who serve our country.  Savannah is truly a military town and over my 23 years of working at Case Veterinary Hospital, I have hired many military spouses to work on our team.  As a military wife, daughter, and granddaughter myself, I certainly empathize with their situation and realize the sacrifices that they make as well as their military spouses. 

Over the years, we have done several things to bring attention to the veterans who are our clients.  This year we are highlighting a program that helps those soldiers who are suffering from war injuries by using man’s best friend, dogs.  The organization is called A Soldier’s Best Friend and their mission is:

To provide United States military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with a trained Service or Therapeutic Companion Dog, most of these dogs of which will be rescued from local shelters.
This is accomplished by pairing the veteran with a rescued dog who then trains together until graduation.  

This program has been able to help our war heroes improve in their symptoms of PTSD, adjust back into civilian life, lead a more productive life and help them build self esteem. In doing so, they also help the pet overpopulation problem by helping place shelter or rescue dogs into good homes.

During Veteran’s “Week”, we will ask our clients to put up a paw print to honor a veteran in their family or someone they know who has served.  They can make a donation to the program or simply pay tribute by writing their name on a paw.  We also have some Thanksgiving treats for dogs at 20% off with all proceeds going to the organization.  At the end of the week, Case Veterinary Hospital will make a donation to the program to honor those who have been mentioned.  We love the fact that we are helping our soldiers and giving shelter dogs new homes.  Dogs enrich our lives in so many ways but these dogs really make a tremendous impact on the lives of those that they are paired with, men and women who have given of themselves to ensure our freedom . 

Hope to see you this week! 

http://soldiersbestfriend.org/

 

 

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