A dog is a man’s best friend. However, for Corporal Daniel Tennant, his German Shepherd is much more than that. As a service dog, Missy, provides Daniel with comfort in stressful and high volume environments. Daniel, like thousands of other service members, suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
PTSD is a mental health condition that develops after a terrifying event or experience. Millions of people are affected by this disorder, specifically our military. Studies show that 1 in every 5 of U.S. service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq has PTSD.
Fortunately, treatments are available. Cue Missy, a ten-month-old German Shepherd trained for people suffering from PTSD. She helps Daniel remain calm under taxing circumstances, feel confident in social situations and always has his back.
Without Missy, Daniel may have felt like he never truly returned home safely. That’s why Veterans United Foundation felt the need to cover the cost of a service dog (a pretty great one).