Since 2021, Operation Shockwave recognized the critical need of Veteran service animal teams. The original program pillar was called Pups and Warriors Side by Side (P.A.W.S.S.). Newly launched Watching and Guarding your Six (W.A.G.S.) is a complementary and integrative healing program open to ALL Veterans and military family members! Learn how to heal from trauma and adversity using a variety of modalities. We are one of the few if not only in the country to incorporate the family in ALL training and services.
McCall et al. (2020) found evidence for higher levels of resilience and companionship, and lower levels of anger, social isolation, and work impairment for the family members of Veterans with service animals. Husband et al. (2019) found Veterans with service animals stabilized or decreased their use of prescription medication. Service animals work!
We partner with local veterinarians, rescues, boarders, and groomers to accommodate different incomes and the geographic locations of students. Join our excursions to museums, movies, restaurants, parks, and other adventures with like-hearted individuals.
We can help with gear, dog food, treats, equipment and much more. See you soon!
Veterans are encouraged to call, text, zoom, and engage outside of events with support staff and fellow to build trust and fellowship.