It is often said that dogs are man’s best friend. Well, this has never been more true than with a very special group of dogs called Freedom Service Dogs. These dogs, who originally come from shelters, are specially trained to be able to help people with everyday tasks. And the people they help? Disabled veterans!
When Freedom Service Dogs are matched up with disabled veterans, the results are incredible. Not only do the dogs provide the loving companionship that these animals are known for, but they also give the disabled veterans a very precious gift – they return to the veterans many of the simple everyday freedoms, like functioning independently and traveling outside the house, that their disabilities took away. And even more importantly, they give these veterans hope for a brighter tomorrow!
This video tells all about Freedom Service Dogs and the wonderful impact they have.
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Topics for Discussion:
- Do you know any disabled veterans? How are their lives different than they were before their disabilities?
- How do you think a disabled veteran feels when he or she is matched with a Freedom Service Dog?
- Visit the Freedom Service Dogs website to learn more about these amazing dogs and how you can help support them!
- Visit the Disabled American Veterans website to learn other ways you can help support disabled veterans.
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