Embrace A Vet

Embrace A Vet is a Maine-based program that provides direct and supportive services to Maine Veterans and their families living with the symptoms and effects of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The Planet Dog Foundation is supporting one of their core programs, the Paws for Peace Program, which matches appropriate dogs with veterans and trains them with the veteran to provide essential therapeutic and practical support. Participating veterans report that the presence and companionship of their dog reduces their anxiety and decreases symptoms of PTS such as hyper-vigilance and self-abuse. The companionship of a dog means they are more willing to leave the house and participate in the community, while families, spouses, and caregivers report a more harmonious and well-rested home due to the reduction of anxiety and the increase in quality of sleep.  Paws for Peace dogs are primarily obtained from local animal shelters, thus saving a dog’s life while transforming a veteran’s.

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