Patriot Assistance Dogs (PAD) trains service dogs with skills to assist veterans who return from military combat service with PTSD and other psychological disorders. Since 2013, PAD has been providing military veterans with psych service dogs at no cost to the individual veteran. They have successfully paired more than 60 veterans with service dogs since that time. The need for psych service dogs is increasing, and PAD's director, Linda Wiedewitsch, wants to expand their program to meet that increased need. Currently, fostered dogs come into the final training program at varying training levels; some need public access training before they can be matched with a veteran, and PAD trainers are in the position of needing to train both the public access and the psych service dog skills.
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