Today, on American soil, approximately 20+ Veterans will end their own lives by suicide due in part to Post Traumatic Stress.
Many American Heroes return home to find their greatest battle still awaits. For a Veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the battle is never over. They come home and find everything has changed… because they have been changed.
There is no cure for PTSD; however, with a canine Battle Buddy by their side, veterans with PTSD can reduce their symptoms with life-changing results.
Northwest Battle Buddies has been gifting trained service dogs to Veterans since 2012. Founder and CEO Shannon Walker discusses NWBB's commitment to Veterans looking to reclaim their lives.
Follow the journey of Koa and see one of our service dogs grow up and learn about life and the specific skills needed to serve a Veteran battling PTSD.
In order to be certified as a team, the dogs and veterans spend at least +70hrs training with one another and a certified dog handling professional from NWBB.