Every day, 184 veterans are diagnosed with PTS and 20 die at their own hands – nearly one an hour. Waiting times for obtaining one of these highly trained critically important animals is estimated at between 12-18 months – far too long when the odds for heroes are this great.
To change these odds and save lives, Kriser’s Natural Pet stores across the country are collecting $1 donations from customers who visit their stores between November 6 and November 19 to help American Humane put healing leashes in the hands of veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. Trained PTS service dogs are extremely expensive at around $20,000 apiece, but provide invaluable outcomes for veterans suffering the invisible wounds of war. Veterans with service dogs have reported improved sleep, decreased startle responses, and a decrease in the need for prescribed pain medication.
“As Veteran’s Day nears, we are proud to help support our true national heroes by raising funds and awareness to provide service animals as part of the Wags4Patriots initiative that American Humane coordinates,” said Brad Kriser, founder & CEO of Kriser’s Natural Pet. “In this month of Thanksgiving, our entire Kriser’s Pack gives thanks to the people who have served our country and the amazing companion animals that support them.”
“Honoring our veterans involves both commemoration and active participation on our parts,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “We all need to do what we can to care for and protect those who have sacrificed so much to protect us. Our veterans, including those who suffer from the invisible wounds of war, now need our help. I salute Kriser’s Natural Pet stores for choosing to stand with our veterans and urge Americans who love their pets – and our vets – to support this important effort on behalf of those who have given so much to this country.”
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