Our military servicemen and women are looked upon as heroic and invincible people. They have faced the nightmares of war and have come home seemingly intact. How hard can adjusting to civilian life really be?
Our men and women are trained for battle, to kill on command, and not give it a second thought. However, their entire careers and lives are not going to be spent on a battlefield, and most of them will return home. They return home to find that they need to be civilians again, to be a husband, a wife, a father, a mother, and so forth. In all reality, their training does not encompass being taught how to live “normally” after leaving the battlefield. The adjustment can be unimaginably difficult, and unfortunately, many veterans choose to end their lives by suicide or suffer from addiction.
These brave men and women have put their lives on the line and deserve all the help and support that can be offered. Kenny Bass, a veteran that has suffered through the pain of PTSD, knows of the nightmares, the hyper vigilance, and pain associated with this debilitating disorder. Bass was wounded in battle and after he came home, suffered from severe depression, and that was when he met his “Battle Buddy” — Atlas, his canine helper.
With Atlas guarding the door, Bass doesn’t have to be on high alert or hypervigilant, knowing his Battle Buddy will be there to wake him from the terror if nightmares flood his sleep
Bass decided to start his own foundation to help other veterans suffering as well, after seeing the positive benefits in his own life, and he named it Battle Buddies. The Battle Buddies website details the foundation’s mission:
Our mission is to ensure that Veterans and their families receive programs and services that will help them acclimate back to family and civilian life. We will accomplish this by:
- Providing highly trained psychiatric and mobility service dogs and therapy dogs to veterans of all eras suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and physical limitations at no cost
- Connecting Veterans to employment opportunities within our network of Veteran-focused organizations
- Building a community of peer support for Veterans and their families through programs, events, and social media
Founded by Veterans to serve Veterans, we exist to effect long-term and tangible change in the lives of Veterans and their families.
There is nothing more honorable than serving your country, and soldiers should not have to suffer the battle scars alone. What an amazing gift this is to other veterans who are suffering this nightmare daily, to have this generous support system made available to them. Thank you, sir, for being what is truly right in this world.
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Courtesy of Mad World News