Situated on picturesque land overlooking some of the most gorgeous parts of central New York State is Eagle Ridge, home to Clear Path for Veterans and their Dogs to Vets program.
Dogs to Vets exists to help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) by pairing them with a dog that they learn to train to become their service dog. Most of the dogs enlisted in the program come from local shelters. The dogs get a second chance at life and get an opportunity to make life easier for one of our servicemen or women. Unlike many service dog programs, the dogs are not trained first and then paired with a veteran. Instead, the veteran is in charge of learning how to train their own dog.
Clear Path has not been around very long; they got started earlier this year. I have been a volunteer dog trainer with them since February and it’s been incredible. 🙂
If you’re interested in learning more about the program and how you can help, check out their website at Clear Path for Veterans.