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An average of 11-20% of Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn will experience PTSD as a result of their time in service.

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Since 2001, more than 2.7 million veterans have served in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND). Of these, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) states that 11-20 out of every 100 service members will be diagnosed with varying stages and severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of incidents that occurred during their time in service in a given year. Moreover, the PTSD rates for Desert Storm veterans (12%) and Vietnam veterans (15%) are comparable. For many of these veterans, finding ways to cope is a challenge. Each experience is different, and each road to recovery is unique.

Service dogs for veterans

Why It Matters

Every veteran who experiences PTSD copes in their own way, but there is an increasing amount of research that suggests service dogs may be an answer to helping veterans live fulfilling lives with PTSD and mobility issues. However, the cost to obtain one of these service dogs can be more than $20,000 – making it prohibitive to those in need.

This is where Return to Heal seeks to make a difference for veterans.