Columbus Army veteran receives free service dog to assist with trauma recovery

Updated: Jul. 9, 2018 at 4:49 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus veteran received a free service dog to assist with trauma recovery.

K9 For Warriors provided Health Vail with the service dog after he and the dog completed the three-week Florida-based training program. Vail was matched with his dog, Mako, after a lengthy application process and making it through an 18-month waiting list.

"You get what you put into the program," said Heath Vail, K9s For Warriors graduate. "K9s is not only man's best friend, it is also man's best therapy."

Vail and Mako graduated along with 10 other warrior-dog teams from across the nation.

K9 For Warriors is a nonprofit organization that serves veterans who suffer from Post-traumatic stress Disability (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST) by training them to heal using service dogs.  It operates from a state-of-the-art facility in Ponte Verde, Florida.

The highly -trained service dogs help military veterans return to civilian life with dignity and independence.

The organization teaches veterans to use service dogs to mitigate the symptoms associated with military-related disabilities.

For more information about K9 For Warriors, click here.

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