Sgt. Paul Martin returned to Camp Lejeune with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from his first deployment to Iraq. Two deployments later, he was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and began to show incapacitating symptoms, including:
- Auditory hallucinations;
- Agoraphobia; and
Following numerous suicide attempts, Martin was sent to a VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. There he heard about Paws4People, a nonprofit providing service dogs to those in need. Martin’s caseworker suggested he apply for a dog. Sgt. Martin met a black Labrador named Lia, and made an instant connection.
Paws4Pets uses prison inmates to help train and rehabilitate service dogs for ownership. Once a veteran in need chooses a dog, the veteran spends time with the dog, and performs tasks with the dog that will eventually aid the veteran in his or her recovery to ensure there is a good match. There is no set amount of time before Paws4Pets will send a service dog home with a veteran for permanent placement.
Dogs like Lia are specifically trained to fit with their veteran’s symptoms. With Martin, Lia is trained to wake him from nightmares and “nudge” him out of a hallucination.
Martin has had incredible success with this program and has practically turned his life around. Paws4Pets has had success with other veterans as well and is currently attempting to open a new program in Ft. Stewart, Georgia.
Learn more about Paws4Pets and how they aid veterans with PTSD.
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