“Right now Guitars for Vets operates 60 chapters in 30 states. We’ve given away over 2,000 new guitars. We have over 200 volunteers nationwide, and I can’t even count the number of volunteer hours.“ Meet a civilian and a veteran who have teamed up to help other veterans cope with PTSD, using the power of music to help heal the lingering trauma of combat. In addition to the powerful work that the Veterans Coming Home project is doing across the country, Wisconsin Public Television is proud to share a series of stories exploring the experiences of veterans here in Wisconsin. Watch this space each Wednesday for the next few weeks for a new video.
Keep the Kleenex close when you watch this video! A few of FSD’s amazing clients are spotlighted in this heartwarming video made by Vets Helping Heroes, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to sponsor the training of assistance dogs for disabled American veterans and active-duty military personnel.
We are truly honored and thankful to have the continued support of Vets Helping Heroes! Please check out their page at http://vetshelpingheroes.org/ !
Marine Corps veteran Richard Brewer was saved by his dog, Anka. Not on the battlefield, but when he returned home and faced a new battle — A battle with PTSD. Things were so bad he attempted suicide. Fortunately he found a reason to live, and rescued Anka from the pound. After seeing the impact Anka had on his life, Brewer founded One Warrior Won. The organization selects well-vetted dogs from high-kill shelters and puts them into an extensive PTSD service dog program before pairing them with veterans.
Charlie Johnson of Naugatuck is the first match in ROAR’s (Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue) Pets for Vets Program. Charlie is a veteran who served in the military during Vietnam and has been battling PTSD ever since. Through the Pets for Vets program he was matched with Aliana, a Australian Shepard, and they have formed an exceptional bond.
Feed Our Vets is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help Veterans in the United States, their spouses and children, whose circumstances have left them on the battlefield of hunger, and to involve the public in fighting Veteran hunger, through: (1) Community food pantries that provide regular, free food to Veterans and their families, (2) Distribution of related goods and services, (3) Public education and outreach.