Many Veterans are still ‘In Combat’ with invisible wounds after discharge. By pairing them with their service dog and proper training, we support them in their challenge to come "all the way home". There are reports on the effects of invisible wounds as a result of combat in every era, every conflict. Whether they were "Shell Shocked" or "Combat Fatigued", the challenges have spanned generations by those who have served our country.
Today, there are innovative and creative treatments for these men and women veterans. Service Dog studies are showing the benefits to individuals with PTSD reducing depression symptoms by 82%. This ripple effect creates decreased needs for medication, increased community integration, and an improved quality of life with a sense of purpose.
Since our program was founded in 2010 it has been veteran focused. Blue Star Service Dogs is a program about training the veteran and their service dogs over time to increase the working bond between veteran and dog. It also is a unique model that increases sustainability of a service dog as a functional tool to decrease or eliminate symptoms from their disability.