How Dogs Are Helping Soldiers Endure Life in War Zones

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From being adorable pets to service dogs, canines have been helpful to us humans in a lot of ways.

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The late Roger Caras says it even better. To quote, “Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.”

Dogs help us de-stress, and they make life more worth living. Most of us who have pet dogs, we see them as that fluffy ball of cuteness that makes us smile after a long day. But for veterans and soldiers alike, they are more than just a sweet little thing waiting for us at home. Canines for them are their brothers in arms.

Veterans sit together at the gathering facility in Leesville, LA.  The non-profit organization, Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training, was founded by Phil Ruddock,  a Desert Storm Veteran with PTSD and a Traumatic Brain Injury. Since 1991, Phil has advocated for improved mental health resources and access to trained PTSD Service Dogs for military members, veterans, and first responders.  Seeing a growing need for service dogs in the Fort Polk, Louisiana area he decided to create this non-profit organization. Photo by: Christina Clusiau

 

 

4 3 Veterans work with founder Phil Ruddock at the gathering facility in Leesville, LA.  The non-profit organization, Brothers and Sisters in Arms Dog Training, was founded by Phil Ruddock,  a Desert Storm Veteran with PTSD and a Traumatic Brain Injury. Since 1991, Phil has advocated for improved mental health resources and access to trained PTSD Service Dogs for military members, veterans, and first responders.  Seeing a growing need for service dogs in the Fort Polk, Louisiana area he decided to create this non-profit organization. Photo by: Christina Clusiau

 

 

Dogs have been helping the American military save lives since the 1860s, from when the American Civil War began. Although their former roles were much more simple, mostly just about sending messages back and forth, their roles have evolved into more intricate ones. Over the years, dogs were able to reach these new heights with proper training.

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From rescuing humans, sniffing out bombs, or charging straight into combat, these animals have proven their worth by risking both their life and limbs for us. But they’re not just tools to soldiers. They’re more than that. To them, these dogs also deserve to be called a hero.

 

 

Dogs can also help soothe the pain of those brave men and women in war zones who have had more than their fair share of sacrifices. One soldier shared that when his other leg had to be removed, it was his new canine friend’s touch that eased his pain. When they’re not in the battlefield, dogs are often used to aid veterans fight against the effects of PTSD, a frightening and crippling disorder.

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This is how important dogs are in our lives. They are the ones who’ll stay with us even after we’ve lost everything. They are the ones who will remain to love us, even after we lost the will to go against the cruel realities of life. Dogs are sometimes more than a best friend; they can be a savior, life-changer, and a family.

 

 

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