So there’s this subsidiary of GDF or something like that – anyway, it’s really nifty – called VetDogs. Its mission is to train dogs to for wounded veterans, particularly those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Some veterans come back blinded or otherwise wounded, and VetDogs provides guide dogs and other types of assistance dogs to them. GDF started out providing dogs to blinded vets, and VetDogs is sort of building on that theme. Some of the dogs hlelp with mobility or balance or retrieval. Some of them get sent to rehab hospitals to provide emotional support to soldiers with PTSD and help them with rehab exercises like tug of war and balance and such. The first such dog from VetDogs is a black lab named Stryker, and he went to Walter Reed. The vets say the dogs make a huge difference and help them adjust to the huge changes in their lives.
VetDogs is technically a separate organization, but they are run through GDF. No matter what you think of the war, there’s nothing controversial about helping the people who have come back for it.