There are 21.8 million veterans in the United States. They have fought and served our country at home and overseas. 1 in every 5 veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after their service. Right now there are only 2 treatment option available: therapy and medication.
Merrick Pet Care has introduced a 3rd, Service Dogs.
In January 2010 Airborne Veteran McLean Raybon was deployed to Afghanistan. After returning home, he began struggling with PTSD.
"I don't go out in public much at all I stay away from crowds of unknown people and when I do have to get put into that situation, I just stick to the back corner where my back can be to a wall and just kind of be by myself," Raybon says in a video.
The veteran found himself spending hours alone in his garage, isolating himself from his wife, children and friends. This solitude and fear of the outside world led to an addiction to pain medication.
With the help of Merrick Pet Care and K9 for Warriors, the help of a new friend was able to pull this veteran out of a dark place. Continue to the next page to see how he's doing today.