PTSD has become an epidemic among America’s veteran population. There are as many as 22 veterans a day taking their own lives as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Paws For Purple Hearts (PPH) and its founder Bonnie Bergin have helped turn the tide by using “Warrior Canine Therapy” to fight PTSD and change the lives of our struggling veterans for the better. This National Puppy Day, PPH hopes to get your support for America’s veterans. Her talking points:
Since 9/11, more than 2.7 million American men and women have bravely served our country. Nearly half have returned with a service-related disability. A large portion of this group has some level of PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and related behavioral health issues. When these warriors help care for and train the PPH puppies and dogs that will become service dogs for their fellow warriors facing mobility challenges, PTSD and/or TBI, theyreceive a powerful therapy that helps mitigate the symptoms of their unseen war wounds. PPH’s motto “Warriors Helping Warriors” is based on this concept.
America’s veterans have given everything for our country – both physically and mentally. So many of us give thanks for the freedoms this great country provides us but often we forget the men and women who risk their lives to defend them.
Trauma-related behavioral health challenges such as PTSD are often forgotten about because they cannot be seen everyday like a missing leg or arm. For many veterans it can be more deadly than the places they were deployed because they cannot escape it. More needs to be done to offer help and support to these men and women.
Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH) is dedicated to supporting our veterans who return from war with PTSD. Every day since 2008, PPH teaches veterans with PTSD to train service dogs for their disabled comrades.
Bonnie Bergin is located in Rohnert Park, CA. As a world-famous canine researcher, she actually invented the service dog concept and founded The Bergin University of Canine Studies, the first and only university in the world that focuses on training dogs and learning about dogs. Her unique mission to advance human-canine studies through her university has produced the world’s best dog trainers and since she founded PPH in 2006, they have provided top-grade service dogs and Warrior Canine Therapy to many of America’s warriors in need.
Christina Cherry – a PPH trainer and program instructor in Richmond, VA. See a clip of Christina here on WJLA’s The Pet Show with Dr. Katy Nelson (3:10) and another of Christina here on Fox 5 DC and here on Circa News: Paws for Purple Hearts makes man’s best friend, warrior’s best friend.
Paws For Purple Hearts is dedicated to improving the lives of America’s veterans facing mobility challenges and trauma related conditions such as PTSD and TBI by providing the highest quality service dogs and innovative canine assisted therapeutic programs, in which the warriors themselves actively help train service dogs for their injured comrades. PPH has branches in Fairbanks, AK, Menlo Park, CA, Ruther Glenn, VA, San Antonio, TX and San Diego, CA and is growing. Their life-changing therapy and their top-tier services dogs are funded solely by donations from the public. The hard-charging organization provides all service dogs and therapeutic services at no cost to the veterans and active duty service members they serve.
Check out the below videos showing veterans working with PPH service dogs. Trust me, you don’t want to miss “The Arlington Angel.”