By Samantha Bartram
David Moore, Staff Sergeant, Georgia Army National Guard, gives a big hug to his service dog, Wilco."When a warrior arrives at our academy, they arrive on two legs; they leave on six." -Shari Duval, President, K9s for Warriors
More than two million soldiers have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. According to 2011 figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs, 476,515 veterans with primary or secondary diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) received treatment at VA medical centers and clinics. As America's involvement in the global war on terror continues, an ever-increasing number of men and women return home bearing the scars of battle, both seen and unseen.
In Florida's Ponte Vedra Beach, a woman named Shari Duval realized she could make a huge difference in the lives of these individuals while also focusing on an equally intense passion - saving animals - by creating a program that pairs veterans with rescued dogs. To date, Duval's K9s for Warriors program has transformed theRead More »from Shelter Dogs Bring Hope to Veterans