We “Paws” on Veteran’s Day
We previously shared some of the benefits of dog ownership. We also shared some of the amazing ways that dogs can assist humans. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA), “The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment.”
On Tuesday, November 11th, we will honor our Veterans, human and canine. This year, for the first time, the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade will honor six human/canine service duos. These pairs served together in active duty and are still taking care of each other on a daily basis.
The U.S. Veteran’s Administration is limited in the benefits they provide related to service and therapy dogs. They do not currently offer benefits for dogs who provide support for mental and emotional health, like PTSD. There are however many private organizations that connect veterans and dogs. Just a few are Paws for Purple Hearts, Canines for Veterans, Patriot Paws, Pets for Vets, Warrior Canine Connections, Warrior Service Dogs, and Canine Angels.
This short video describes a program Paws for Purple Hearts uses to treat soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
On Veteran’s Day, we “paws” to thank all who selflessly give and sacrifice to serve our country.