Tewksbury Lions Donate To Operation Delta Dog
Dec 30, 2015 12:41PM
By Bill Gilman
Sarah Stratton of Operation Delta Dog accepts a check from Sherry Hubbard, President, and Ron Hall, Vice President, of the Tewksbury Lions
Working with experienced trainers and positive-reinforcement methods, Operation Delta Dog rescues homeless dogs from Massachusetts shelters and breed-rescue groups and trains them to work as service dogs with local veterans who are suffering with TBI and PTSD.
Assistance animals are a practical and successful way to reduce stress, treat depression, and manage the panic attacks associated with TBI and PTSD. Trained dogs, however, are in short supply. Very few service-dog organizations focus solely on veterans, and even fewer utilize rescued dogs in their programs.
Operation Delta Dog wants to improve those odds. Their trainers find the very best canine candidates, pluck them from shelters, and train them for a new life filled with purpose and affection. Local veterans can participate in training without leaving their jobs or families and find relief from the debilitating symptoms of TBI, PTSD, and other challenges.
Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives in the United States... almost one per hour. These vets serve their country and then come home to face the even greater challenges of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) that can leave them debilitated, sleepless, and unable to cope. Massachusetts is home to about 400,000 veterans. If Veteran's Administration estimates are correct, that means that about 20 percent of those, or 80,000 of our friends and neighbors, are suffering with these invisible disabilities right now.