Mission:

The Honor Group educates students, coaches and communities about the needs of our military veterans

 

Vision:

dog1According to the Veterans Administration, 834.463 veterans from OIF/OEF suffer from combat-related PTSD-that’s 30%. Overall there 10.6 million veterans living with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). The vision of our nonprofit is to raise much needed funds to help injured, ill and wounded veterans return to a normal civilian life. One of the ways we do this is by purchasing service dogs who are well known to have a positive effect in helping resolve combat related PTS issues.

According to the United States Army Medical Department Journal:

Research shows that positive social interactions with dogs may offer a safe effective, and relatively inexpensive way to increase endogenous levels of neurochemical oxytocin and other important endogenous levels of the neurochemical oxytocin and other important antistress agents in humans.

Real world observations and feedback from vets on the positive impact of PTSD service dogs

  • Increased patience, impulse control, emotional regulation
  • Improved ability to display affection, decrease in emotional numbness
  • Improved Sleep
  • Decreased depression, increase in sense of purpose
  • Decrease in startle responses 
  • Decrease in pain medications
  • Increases sense of belonging/acceptance
  • Increase in assertiveness skills
  • Improved parenting skills and family dynamics
  • Lowered stress levels, increased sense of calm