For decades, Canine Companions has helped people with physical disabilities, and with the Veterans Initiative program, we help veterans who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 13% of female veterans* experience PTSD associated with their time in service.
Kirsten is a mom of two boys and a U.S. Army veteran, and her husband is active duty. Kirsten is also a Canine Companions volunteer puppy raiser (her first dog is currently in professional training). Kirsten shares, “I think especially for post-traumatic stress disorder there’s still a stigma. It’s hard to have that invisible wound, so to speak. I think that’s a misconception about a service dog team is that not all injuries are visible. For me personally, Dean really helps with my anxiety interruption, having confidence to go into public, and not just avoiding those situations.” Kirsten says she hopes sharing her story will inspire other veterans to seek help if they are struggling.
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