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Service Dogs for Veterans

by | Sep 24, 2021 | Firm News |

Service dogs are more than simple companions.  They are highly trained to assist military Veterans in achieving a better quality of life.  In addition to providing unconditional love and companionship for a veteran, there are many skills and tasks service dogs offer including: help with the transition to prosthetics, retrieving and carrying objects, pressing buttons and pulling open doors, accompanying the veteran in public places, responding to sounds for veterans who have hearing loss, turning lights on and off, assisting with tasks for veterans in a wheelchair, and even assisting with removal of clothing.[1]

Service dogs are also invaluable in helping Veterans cope with the (oftentimes) invisible wounds of service, including PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).   PTSD service dogs can be trained to detect a Veteran’s physical signs of anxiety and distress, including alerting to and interrupting anxiety and panic attacks during the day and interrupting nightmares during the night.

One of these amazing service dogs is Colt. (See his pictures below)  He is highly trained to help his Veteran owner and best friend on a daily basis.  As his owner says, Colt is a superstar and he wants everyone to know.  Many Veteran owners of service dogs feel the same way because their service dogs are vital to their everyday life.

At Gardberg and Kemmerly, we welcome your service dogs, especially during hearings.  Your claim with the VA can be stressful and having your service dog present will help tremendously. Additionally, your service dog may be invaluable to you for help with mobility and we want to make sure you are comfortable so that you can concentrate on your claim. Gardberg and Kemmerly is committed to helping injured and disabled Veterans obtain the benefits they deserve.  If you need help with a disability claim, call the office at 251-343-1111 or 1-800-332-1529 for a free consultation. Gardberg and Kemmerly is proud to serve Veterans across the country from our home office in Mobile, Alabama. We would love an opportunity to discuss your claim.

[1] https://invisibleproject.org/transformative-life-saving-benefits-service-dogs-veterans/

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