Our story began several years ago when a few driven and caring professionals coalesced around a common theme, moved to the core by an up close and personal encounter with what became our cause and mission.
We don’t consider post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a ‘disease’ even though it is classified as such in the medical world. PTSD is the result of a normal reaction to a highly abnormal, traumatic situation. It affects one in five combat Veterans and not only contributes to more than 22 suicides per day nationwide, but prevents many Veterans from leading successful civilian lives. Maine alone has about 130,000 Veterans, many from the post 9/11 era. Every week, a family in Maine loses a military spouse, child, sibling or parent to suicide. Care for Veterans with PTSD currently overwhelms the VA system’s resources, is inefficient in process and often suboptimal in outcome.
U.S. kill shelters euthanize 1.7 million dogs annually. K9s on The Front Line’s program saves such dogs, and they in turn save their recipients; their second chance at life now has more meaning, purpose and true partnership than ever.
From the outset, we built the program around several goals and parameters, to be:
Cost effective and accountable
Supported by key policy makers, medical networks, community leaders, and advocacy groups
Scalable in size and geographic reach
Providing medical oversight
An inclusive process for family members and caregivers
Sustainable by a growing family of Veterans
Data driven and to measure outcomes along the way
K9s on The Front Line’s team is comprised of patriotic, driven and successful professionals who volunteer their intellectual capital, skills, time and dedication, and are compensated by our success stories only. We are proud to have created and be running a highly successful program where every donated dollar goes directly to our cause, and the Veteran recipient pays nothing for it.
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