Organization comes to Midland to talk about the importance of service dogs for veterans

Organization comes to Midland to talk about the importance of service dogs for veterans

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The effects of war can take its toll on the men and women who fought in it and Lindsay Ganassa, Development Director for the Freedom Service Dogs of America talked to a group of people in Midland on Monday about how their service dogs have helped those struggling after they came home.

"What they can do is they can wake them up from night terrors and flashbacks. They can do room scans so that the veteran can feel comfortable going into his or her own house," said Ganassa.

Ganassa said the dogs are tailor-made to the needs of the owner events like the Faces of Freedom Tournament, a clay shoot, they are having next year in the Tall City help make service dogs Cargo to veterans for free.

One vet Corey Bayer, who came to hear from Ganassa has a service dog and said his dog helped him through some tough times.

"I got back from Afghanistan and there were some things I saw that I didn't want to see. He was able to play on emotions and control things at times," said Bayer.

Bayer added his friend also has a service dog and hopes that one-day service dogs become a normal treatment option for veterans.

"Drugs weren't doing that but a service animal did," said Bayer.

For more information about Freedom Service Dogs of America click here: http://freedomservicedogs.org