A veteran’s “Best Friend” – yes, a dog!

Military veterans with post-traumatic stress can need help to assist them in their integration back into society when returning from service. 12 Armed Forces charities came to Parliament on 11 June to show the depth in support and opportunity for our military veterans. Veterans need to be aware that there is widespread support to help protect them from the perils of social isolation and loneliness.

One such charity is Veterans with Dogs which employs man's best friend in combatting stress veterans face when returning to civilian life. Incredible care and due diligence are undertaken when pairing an assistance dog with the veteran, ensuring tailored support to help with their personal needs. Veterans with Dogs helps the former serviceman or woman lead an independent life with the reassurance of the constant companionship and loyalty of a dog. They work with approved trainers on a 1-2-1 basis to qualify as a team with their assistance dog, training the dog to help with practical tasks that improve quality of life and increase independence.

Commenting, Sir Oliver Heald MP said:

‘This is a wonderful initiative. A unique approach to helping our ex-servicemen and women deal with post-traumatic stress.’