Tens of thousands of service members suffered traumatic brain injuries and/or PTSD due to deployments in Operations New Dawn, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. Thousands received wounds requiring amputation. Valor Service Dogs recently expanded their program to offer services to first responders, believing this was an underserved group of heroes.
Valor Service Dogs are trained to recognize signs of stress and anxiety and then interrupt these negative emotions by initiating contact with their handler, allowing the handler to work through the emotions in a more positive way. Mobility service dogs are trained to operate light switches, open and close doors, act as a brace, find and retrieve items, pull wheelchairs, and other tasks unique to a person’s mobility needs.