Service dogs are highly trained to assist our military veterans in achieving a better quality of life. Veterans who utilize service dogs report lower levels of depression and anxiety, fewer hospitalizations, a reduction in medical and psychiatric costs, and reduced suicidal thoughts. But beyond what these canine heroes help prevent, here is all that they empower:
Just like the soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen they help, service dogs are highly trained professionals with an important job to do. Here are just a few of the helpful tasks they perform:
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