Family donates puppies for veterans suffering from PTSD

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 7:00 PM

ELK, Wash. -- A family in Elk, Washington donated two puppies to help veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

It all started when the Benson family's dog gave birth to a litter of nine puppies. Now those pups are just 11 weeks old.

Two of the puppies, Onyx and Luna, are joining the non-profit Battle Buddies. The two will be paired with a serviceman or woman who is struggling to re-adjust from their time in the military.

“It’s unbelievably emotional when the veterans come. They have so much hope at just not being alone,” said founder of Battle Buddies, Shannon Walker.

 

The group outside of Portland pairs dogs with someone who has PTSD. The dogs go through six to eight months of training to become Battle Buddies. The veterans go through a two-month program.

“They don’t have nightmares anymore because they have their dogs. They are going to malls. They are reintegrating back into life,” said Walker.

For owner Dorothy Benson, the cost of donating her dogs is small compared to the sacrifice the veterans have made.

On September 20 Battle Buddies is hosting a golf tournament to raise moeny for the organization. For more information head to their website at www.northwestbattlebuddies.com or by contacting 360-601-9744.

 

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