On June 13th, Wings-And-Warriors will host their 1st Annual Recognition Ride to pay service to American veterans. The motorcycle ride is hosted in remembrance of past, present and future veterans. Many veterans return from battle with “hidden injuries” such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Wings-And-Warriors is a Colorado-based non-profit that helps veterans of war cope with problems associated with PTSD and TBIs by pairing them with service dogs.
Riders can register for the event by paying $17 or $25 for motorcyclists with passengers. All proceeds for the event go towards the Wing-And-Warriors Foundation. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Pikes Peak Harley Davidson in Colorado Springs.
How Do Service Dogs Help Veterans With TBIs and PTSD?
The founders initially trained dogs for police, sheriff and fire departments. After hearing of the high rate of suicide among war veterans, they started training dogs to be used in therapy. Service dogs have been widely used in therapy to help veterans recover from PTSD and other emotional wounds.
At Purdue University, researchers are leading a study that will use 100 post-9/11 veterans to see if therapy dogs can help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD. Researchers will work with K9’s For Warriors, an organization that pairs veterans with dogs. According to K9’s For Warriors, 92 percent of the veterans they pair with dogs were able to reduce or stop taking their medications within six months.
Unfortunately, service dogs can cost as much as $15,000 and large amounts of fundraising is needed for veterans. Events like the Wings-And-Warriors Recognition Ride can help provide fundraising so veterans can be paired with service dogs that can offer them tremendous help.
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