A PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING:
In the summer of 2013, Rory was
promoting dog training and education
at a local pet supermarket. While he
was there, a former Air Force JAG
Officer, Tony, and his wife approached
him and started talking about their own
personal dogs. Tony and Rory agreed
that dogs are very therapeutic for all
needs, and with their prior military
experience they knew how vital a
service dog could be to a returning
hero with PTSD in his or her therapy to
cope with the stresses of war. It was at
that point that Tony decided to donate
Marley to Rory to continue her training
as a service dog and at the same time
Paws 4 Boots was born....
Paws 4 Boots is a Non-Profit Charity Organization. We provide trained Service Dogs (PAWS) to qualified
Combat Veterans (BOOTS). This is at no cost to the Veteran, who also receives training once he/she has been
placed with their PAWS. The dogs are either adopted from the shelter or received as a donation.
All donations go directly into the Charity to provide for food, veterinary expenses, training, grooming
supplies and anything else that the Paws may need.
Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from war
often feel stressed and anxious by his or her surroundings as a result of
their combat experience. These veterans are accustomed to a certain
mindset and structure of life while they are actively deployed in a combat
zone. Upon the veteran’s arrival back home, the daily structure is
completely different. The dramatic changes in life can result in confusion,
distress, anxiety, depression, and unfortunately, sometimes death. The
symptoms of PTSD can cause embarrassment and frustration after the
veterans are accustomed to being such tough, strong soldiers. As a result,
PTSD a very difficult subject for veterans to talk about with their loved
ones. This is sadly why PTSD is known as the “Silent Killer”.
WHAT IS A BATTLE BUDDY:
A Battle Buddy is a partner assigned to you in the Army. Your Battle
Buddy is expected to be at your side both in and out of combat and
provides both company for the soldier and and can help reduce the risk of
suicide. At Paws 4 Boots, we use dogs as Battle Buddies for the returning
veterans to serve as a constant companion.