Program places service dogs with traumatized veterans - KMOV.com

Program places service dogs with traumatized veterans

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A U.S. marine who says a service dog saved his life is now trying to help others.

Mike Humphries drove all the way from his home in Nevada to pick up puppies in north St. Louis. The puppies were fathered by his German shepherd, Donovan.

He’s taking some of the puppies to other veterans out west who suffer from PTSD or TBI (traumatic brain injury). Humphries received Donovan five years ago through a program called Operation Wolfhound. He has PTSD.

“I was having problems with anger and frustration and it seemed like nothing was working,” said Humphries.

Operation Wolfhound founder Alicia Miller, who is a disabled veteran, says more than 80 service dogs have been placed with veterans through the program, adding that the dogs have saved lives.

“I’ve literally held wives as they were sobbing and saying ‘you gave me my husband back,’ or ‘you saved his life or her life.’ I’ve had veterans come up to me and say ‘I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for this dog,” said Miller.

The veteran who receives the dog also helps train the dog.

“It is lightning in a bottle and they’re helping themselves, they’ve been helping their dog and bonding with their dog and it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Humphries.

Statistics show 22 veterans a day are committing suicide.

For more information on Operation Wolfhound, click here.

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