Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is taking a significant toll on veterans. Twenty-two service members take their own lives every day.
The Patriotic Service Dog Foundation wants to bring that number down to zero with a little help from man’s best friend.
Founder Tom Tackett, a veteran himself, has been training dogs for 40 years, but only recently added service dogs for veterans.
His foundation’s motto is 22 to zero.
“Twenty-two to zero represents that 22 veterans a day commit suicide and our goal is to make that zero and to this point not one of the veterans who’s received a dog from us has committed suicide,” Tackett said.
His organization provides free, highly trained service dogs to veterans like Jim Hardin.
The US Marine Corps gunnery sergeant served for 17 years. He said his experiences took an emotional and mental toll.
“If you look at me physically I can run, go to the gym,” he said. “I can do everything else everybody else can, but what is broken inside of me is inside my head.”
Hardin said he reached out for help with post traumatic stress disorder when he hit his lowest point.
“It was to the point…