Dog Tag Buddies is dedicated to providing veterans with hidden injuries opportunities to lead more fulfilling lives. We provide NO cost services in the adoption and training of rescued dogs to become emotional support animals or service dogs depending on the needs of the individual veteran.
  1. ...One Rescue at a Time
    ...One Rescue at a Time
    In the United States over 3 million dogs are euthanized each year. We work with shelters and rescues to match veterans with the perfect buddy.
  2. Dealing with the Trauma
    Dealing with the Trauma
    Nearly one in five service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (approximately 300,000) have PTSD symptoms or major depression 19 percent of post-Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were diagnosed with possible traumatic brain injury (TBI) http://theveteranssupport.org/statistics
How we got started
When my husband returned from his 18-month deployment to Iraq in 2005, he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. It was very clear early on that the primary treatment goal would be medication. One VA psychiatrist was adamant that he needed medicated, stating, “we have very good drugs these days.” “They just help cool the brain down.”  “These drugs will change your life.” My husband’s response was, “No way, I don’t need your drugs.”

That was in 2006. His diagnosis did not change, but how he learned to cope did. He discovered that just hanging with his dogs, whether it was with his little buddy in the garage, or laying on the floor surrounding by four legged love, it helped ease the tension, anxiety, anger, and some of the other emotions that are present with these conditions. I am not minimizing the use of drugs, but for him, that just wasn’t an answer he could live with.  His dogs have become his treatment. It’s non-invasive, cost effective, and the side-effects of this treatment plan will not cause other negative health conditions.
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You must be a veteran with a hidden injury. Proof will be required to be eligible for the program. Documentation will include a copy of your VA Certification of Disability or a document from your physician. You must also provide a copy of your DD214.
Your donation to our organization helps us give back to our communities by saving two lives, veterans with hidden injuries and dogs looking for a forever home. Dog Tag Buddies is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.
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