According to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, there are approximately 22,300,000 US veterans. The National Center for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) states that approximately 5.2 million adults have this Disorder during any one given year. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men are.
One particular Navy veteran, Petty Officer Kimberly Janus is one of the female veterans that are suffering from PTSD. The Guardians of Rescue are stepping in to help P.O. Janus.
This national animal rescue organization, Guardians of Rescue, started a program entitled Paws of War. Paws of War consists of rescuing canines from kill shelters and war-torn countries. They train them to become service companions, and then place them with a veteran in need.
Four days ago, Kimberly received not one but two Labrador Retriever puppies from the Guardians of Rescue at her home in Jacksonville, Florida. The puppies are emotional support dogs in-training; to become service companions to assist in easing Kimberly’s suffering due to post-traumatic stress disorder.
The National Center for PTSD stated that about 11to 20% of Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars have developed PTSD. Soldiers that have served in the active military have an increased risk of developing PTSD due to the horrible and life-threatening experiences. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include nightmares, flashbacks, frightening thoughts, avoidance, emotional numbness and more.
“When I got the phone call from Guardians of Rescue telling me they had two dogs that were ready to be adopted…my heart stopped. I knew my life was about to change for the better because I was getting two new best friends,” affirms Kimberly Janus.
“The number of people suffering from PTSD has grown in recent years. The Paws of War program was inspired by a vet with PTSD and we’re thrilled to keep the program going,” affirms Misseri, “We think that Kimberly will greatly benefit from the presence and love of the puppies and vice versa.”
Guardians of Rescue is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. Guardians of Rescue founded Paws of War and Soldier-to-Soldier programs to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist in post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.
The Guardians of Rescue and Paws of War are hoping that retired Petty Officer Kimberly Janus will soon find herself of the road to recovery with the help of her two new puppies. Thanks to the help of the public more and more veterans are on the path to recovery!