|Barked: Sun Sep 29, '13 1:53pm PST |
|Thankfully I belong to an organisation that was founded by an Iraq war vet with PTSD and TBI who was put on a 5 year waiting list for an SD. He knew he would have probably done himself in by then, so he decided to train his own dog, and it was so effective that several of his wounded war buddies in the local area asked him to assist them. He decided to found the organisation which runs on nothing but donations of funds, food, equipment, veterinarian care, etc. After a veteran is accepted into the program, if they don't have a dog that passes the evaluation for the program, the local shelters and rescue organisations that we deal with are scoured for the best match. Everything is at NO EXPENSE to the vet. Long story short, the organisation/trainers have to be certified by ADI, so the expense will be covered by donations. That being said, yes, my friend, it is a poor state of affairs that our government seem to like to cowtow to the international community at the expense of the wounded veterans who have served to protect our independence.
P.S. You know what's even worse? The VA has stopped paying an annual stipend to vets with SD's, (a minimal amount, but the difference between an SD or no SD for many), because they "Haven't seen sufficient proof that they are effective". This in spite of the fact that VA doctors and mental health providers have been prescribing them for years with amazing results! An average of 22 veterans PER DAY commit suicide, and it has been noted repeatedly that suicidal thoughts are dramatically reduced in many patients employing service dogs...thanks again Uncle Sam!!!