The numbers are startling; every day in our nation, 22 veterans commit suicide. PNC Bank and Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs hope to change that.
Service dogs can give veterans suffering from PTSD or traumatic brain injury the opportunity to enjoy life again. Mike Clark was deployed in Afghanistan and when he returned, he found it difficult to adjust to civilian life, that is, until he was partnered with his service dog, Blade. “I thought I had this stigma attached to me. I was afraid to go out and get help… so I just kind of hid in the background and having her really helped”.
This morning’s gathering also was to advance the upcoming ‘Mutt Strut,’ the family-friendly dog parade will take place on October 13th at Bayview Park from 10am until 1pm.
All proceeds from the event will go to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs so veterans can get a dog at no cost to them.