Veterans and Service dogs

Veterans may have returned from fighting in foreign wars, but the war continues inside them. Vets are now finding an unexpected friendship that is helping them deal with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Service dogs make a huge difference in this healing process. Veterans have found relief from various PTSD symptoms, including insomnia, chest pains etc. and have been sleeping better because the dogs will intervene if they sense that their owner is in di...
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Veteran themed logo won Google competition

Veterans Get Virtual Visits to Memorials

For elderly or disabled veterans who are unable to travel, there are some sacred tributes to their service that they will never be able to visit – like the new WWII Memorial in Washington D.C. But thanks to technology, and a recently formed nonprofit called Honor Everywhere, they can now experience standing amidst the monumental site by using a virtual reality headset. The organization’s founder, Sarah Hill, created Honor Everywhere in honor of her late grandfather,...
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Veterans and Horses

To most people, the animals in veteran Tice Ridley’s menagerie look like they're living a comfortable life of leisure. But the five goats, two alpacas, two rabbits, potbellied pig, cat, guinea pig, dog and five horses (including two miniature horses) play critical roles in helping veterans, along with first responders and their families, heal from the wounds of war. Ridley, a retired major and decorated Army war veteran who served for 18 years, calls this endeavor the Ci...
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Veterans Given Federal Grant To Help With Homelessness

A $500,000 federal grant has been issued in the interests of keeping local veterans from being homeless in the country they served. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin met with local vets recently to see how the funds were helping them get an apartment, counseling to get sober or help with other personal challenges. “Our job is to get them (vets) housed quickly and then we surround them with services, so going forward, hopefully we will break the homeless cycle that the veteran has ex...
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