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Organization Use Service Dogs To Helps Veterans With PTSD

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Man's best friend is lending a helping paw to aid military personnel and veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

According to a US Veterans Affairs report, close to 30% of the 830,000 veterans treated at Virginia Medical Centers over the past decade have been diagnosed with PTSD.

K-9's For Warriors is a non-profit organization that teams service dogs up with active military members or veterans in need of some uplifting puppy love.

On Wednesday, stars were on hand for a fundraiser in New York City to raise awareness for the cause.

"We launched the Bark Business Breakfast Tour to support our veterans. After learning that every hour a veteran commits suicide, I just felt like I needed to make a difference and help, and I knew service dogs were the answer. So I'm grateful for finding K9s for Warriors and I'm so happy to support their efforts. Ninety-four percent of every dollar goes to the veterans and they're one hundred percent transparent, so if people support this cause they'll know the veterans and the dogs their supporting," said Wendy Diamond, founder and editor of Animal Fair Magazine.

Steve, a Us Army veteran, says his dog provides him with a sense of much needed comfort and security.

"K9s for Warriors saved my life. Before coming to K9s, I was suicidal every single day. I couldn't get out of the house. I was in such a deep depression. The simplest tasks were very difficult for me and two days into the program a light came on and changed my life," said the veteran. "Whiskey provides comfort, security, whenever I have a panic attack, I'll call her up on my lap and I'll start petting her and she brings my blood pressure down, brings me back down to reality. If I have a flashback and things of that nature, she's right there nudging me. Hey it's okay, dad, Whiskey's right there."

"It's a valuable cause. When you talk about what's happening around the country with soldiers coming back and sometimes not feeling support. To have an organization that actually is making a difference, I think people are really scratching their heads and trying to figure out how we can help as citizens and this is an organization that is actually taking steps to alleviate the problem. Alleviate the epidemic," remarked actor Danny Pino.

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