AM Northwest in Portland did a great story about a woman from Battle Ground, WA who started a charity to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
At dog trainer for about 20 years, Shannon Walker created Northwest Battle Buddies after she trained a dog for a woman who had contemplated suicide and noticed the dog provided her with a safe haven.
So when a veteran approached Walker about training his dog, she realized “an obedient and watchful dog could have the same impact on a veteran dealing with emotional and psychological scars.”
It costs about $10,000 to train one dog and the process takes 3-4 months. Ms. Walker gets her dogs from shelter dogs and private donors.
Here is the recent interview from AM Northwest with this amazing woman.