TADSAW - Train a Dog Save a Warrior

The Mission of TADSAW (Train a Dog Save a Warrior) is to provide for the training of a Medical Alert Service dog, as designated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, for any wounded warrior, active duty or veteran, surviving with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma, (MST), and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), in order to restore and improve the warrior's quality of life with a canine 'Battle Buddy', at no charge to the warrior.

 

Warriors Returning Home Face a Real Life Catch-22

 

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Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22 is a witty, ironic discussion of the double-binds or no-win situations our WWII troops faced due to the military bureaucracy. But here’s the thing: More than 50 years later, this double-bind hasn’t gotten any better. The term Heller coined to describe “no-win” military policies can still be used to describe many of the situations our veterans face as they return home from war. The latest Catch-22 for our heroes? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder stigma in hiring.

In a recent New York Post piece, numerous veterans describe this Catch-22 in blatant terms: If they disclose that they suffer PTSD, the New York Police Department won’t hire them. But if they hide their PTSD from the military (and the NYPD, which receives the military’s medical files), veterans run the risk of losing their health care if the condition gets more severe... {Read More}

 

This is where PTSD stigma has gotten our Veterans

22 Suicides a Day

 

Every single day, 22 veterans take their own lives. That’s 22 suicides a day, a suicide every 65 minutes. As shocking as that number is, the real number may actually be higher.

The VA researchers used death records from 21 states to come up with a 2010 national estimate for veterans of all ages. As a group, veterans are old. Military service being far rarer than it was in the days of the draft, more than 91% of the nation’s 22 million veterans are at least 35 years old, and the overwhelming majority did not serve in the post-9/11 era.

About 72% of veterans are at least 50. It is not surprising, then, that the VA found that people in this age group account for 69% of veteran suicides — or more than 15 of the 22 suicides per day... {Read More}

 

The TADSAW Catch-22 Challenge

 

Warrior With PTSD DogThe Train a Dog Save a Warrior  (TADSAW) program serves the warrior, the family and the community, by providing the warrior with a K-9 rescue 'Battle Buddy' and the training and tools needed to become an accredited Warrior/Service Dog Team.

TADSAW additionally provides for the training of a Medical Alert Service Dog for any warrior's immediate family, the spouse or children, surviving with compassion fatigue, secondary PTSD, or any other mental health issue diagnosed while the warrior was deployed or on active duty.

Whenever possible, TADSAW will evaluate the warrior's personal dog, because the bond has been established, to determine the dog's viability to be a service dog candidate.  If the warrior needs a dog, TADSAW's trainers will go to a rescue shelter and evaluate and select an appropriate candidate for the warrior.  At that time the process will begin... {Read More}


Warrior With PTSD DogThere is life after injuries. This new quality of life just might be, in part, based on a PTSD SERVICE DOG. Here’s how TADSAW'S PTSD SERVICE DOGS can help.

A rescue dog from a shelter or the warrior’s own personal dog, if deemed appropriate in temperament, demeanor, and size, will be evaluated, enter BOOT CAMP, and be trained specific commands for specific needs of a wounded warrior with PTSD.

Once trained, these TADSAW SERVICE DOGS have the ability to decrease isolation of the veteran, decrease the needs for many medications, decrease anxiety and panic attacks when in crowded public places, awaken them from nightmares and flashbacks, ‘have their backs’ when necessary, to name but a few... {Read More}

Often the best emotional support for our warriors surviving with PTSD / TBI can come in the form of a dog that will help them return to a life they thought they would never have again.

 

For any information or an application please contact Program Director, BART SHERWOOD, at 210-643-2901 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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