Your support helps NEADS provide highly trained Service Dogs who open up the world for veterans who’ve suffered major injuries, cope with disabling illnesses or hearing loss, or struggle with PTSD. Veterans don’t pay us a thing—your contributions make it possible for us to serve our wounded warriors free of charge.
NEADS has trained more than 1,900 Service Dogs, every one of them a life-changing partner. We pioneered the training of Service Dogs for veterans with physical disabilities, and then created the first Trauma Assistance Dog program for veterans with PTSD.
Here’s a glimpse into what a Service Dog can give back to a veteran.
How Jeter Gave Jared His Life Back: A Veteran’s Story
Jared W. was diagnosed with PTSD after returning from Iraq in 2006. He had anxiety attacks two or three times a day. He rarely left the house except to go to work or school, and found it nearly impossible to take his nine-year-old son to do things like go to the park or travel. Work, school, and his relationship with his son were suffering, so, at the recommendation of his therapist, he applied to the NEADS Trauma Assistance Dog program and was matched with Jeter.
“My son is the light of my life, but before I had Jeter, I just wasn’t there for him. For 11 years, PTSD controlled a lot of my life. I was miserable all the time. I was mad at everyone. It was hard to just function in society. I tried so many things—medications, therapy—but nothing seemed to work. I got divorced, I lost jobs, I lost a lot of friends.
“Then I was matched with Jeter, and everything changed overnight. I knew a Service Dog would make things easier, but Jeter has literally changed my life and my son’s life. I am a completely different person now than I was two years ago. It’s like night and day. I’ve gone from where I couldn’t leave my house to traveling around the world with my son. I had been doing poorly in college, but I’ve now graduated and am in law school.
“Jeter came into our lives at exactly the right time. I’m getting to where I want to be in life, and he’s helping me get there. No medication, no support system, no therapy has done as much as he has.”
Jared’s story is incredible—and it’s what you make possible when you support NEADS.