PHOTO STORY: 'You Will Never Walk Alone' -- Service Dog Awarded To Local Veteran With PTSD

PHOTO STORY: ‘You Will Never Walk Alone’ — Service Dog Awarded To Local Veteran With PTSD

“You will never walk alone” is a wonderful catch phrase, but it doesn’t begin to tell the story of joy for the veterans with post traumatic stress disorder who have been united with a service dog.

Last week, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, was invited by K9s for Veteran to present a service dog to one of the four Veterans with PTSD that were honored.

The organization’s mission is to help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder transition back to civilian life once their military service has ended with the help of trained service dogs.

K9s for Veterans is committed to educating the public about the plight of veterans with PTSD and streamlining the process for them to get service dogs, so they get the help they need.

“As a veteran of the Marine Corps and the chair of the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee, it is especially important to me that we provide resources to help the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country,” Kifowit said. “Organizations like ‘K9s for Veterans’ are constantly working to improve the lives of our veterans, providing service dogs gives the Veterans a constant companion that they can depend on.”

Kifowit said K9s For veterans provides free food and medicare care for the life of the service dog. The lifesaving efforts of K9s for veterans are doubled by the exclusive use of rescue dogs from kill shelters to train as service dogs for our veterans.

Kifowit was honored in part for her sponsorship of legislation this year that helps veterans and veteran organizations with the cost of training service dogs.

“We need to continue to do everything we can to provide support to veterans so that they can live their life to the fullest and achieve all their goals,” she said.

SOURCE: News release from the office of state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, K9s for Veterans website