We are a service dog organization providing individually trained service dogs along with an intensive Trauma Resiliency program for veterans suffering from PTSD. We have pioneered anxiety alerts and nightmare interruption in service dogs for those living with trauma. We also teach a PTSD Service Dog Trainer Academy so we can instruct even more people in how to better train service dogs for individuals with trauma histories. We have partnered with Clinical Outcomes Group and SIU Carbondale’s psychology department to study the efficacy of our program – results will be released in the Fall of 2015
This Able Veteran
But even more than that, we are concerned Americans who support our military. We are deeply concerned about the fact that 22 of our veterans, almost one an hour, take their own life. We are dedicated to assisting our veterans choose life and develop the skills that allow them to become empowered to navigate a fulfilling life. We know there is another way. Our programs demonstrate that we can turn despair into hope and self-empowerment.
One of graduates, Fritz, speaks of his experience here:
The Bankesters are a nationally touring bluegrass/americana group based in Carbondale, Illinois. Avid supporters of This Able Veteran, they wrote a song for us a couple years ago. When their producer at Compass Records heard it she insisted they record it on their last CD “Love Has Wheels” which won the national Independent Music Award for Best Bluegrass album in 2014. They produced a music video of the song “Found” which features one of our veterans and his dog.