6 military veterans, dogs graduate from program that matches vets with service dogs

Coleman Natural Foods pledges $800K to Pups4Patriots

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WASHINGTON – Six military veterans and dogs graduated last week from a program that pairs vets with service dogs.

American Humane’s Pups4Patriots program pairs former servicemembers who have post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries with dogs. The six pairs are the first to be trained with a donation Coleman Natural Foods pledged to the program in February.

Coleman will donate $800,000 to the program over three years.

American Humane is on track to graduate 12 vet/dog pairs next year.

According to American Humane, waiting lists to get service dogs can be long, and the costs of training a dog can climb to $30,000.

“Tragically, up to one in five veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are diagnosed with PTS every year,” said Mel Coleman, a fourth generation member of the founding Coleman family. ” What the Pups4Patriots program can do to make a difference in treatment outcomes is significant, and we are honored to work alongside American Humane to support this effort.”

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