K9s for Warriors is a non-profit organization that seeks to put unwanted pets with veterans. This summer the organization hopes to raise $100,000 in order to place 10 more dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD and other combat-related issues.
Organizations like K9s for Warriors not only help veterans manage their day-to-day struggles, but also hope to stem the alarming suicide rate among veterans (one veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes). For many veterans, these dogs make them more comfortable in social settings and help deter suicdical thoughts. "Service canines for post-traumatic stress are like seeing eye dogs for the blind," their website states.