Dogs of War
A new docuseries and special event brings light to veterans and the shelter dogs who are helping them adjust to life beyond combat.
Samantha Meyers |
Posted: October 23, 2014, 11 a.m. PST
This real life series which premiers Tuesday, November 11 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E Network, chronicles the fog of PTSD that many veterans find themselves in after serving in combat, and the service dogs that bring them out of it.
In each episode, a veteran is matched with a dog adopted from a shelter that has been trained in rehabilitation. Together they take an emotional journey out of isolation and pain, undergo rigorous training and emotional support and help each other to lead happier, healthier lives.
"This series is full of raw, real and intensely emotional moments that don’t often get a spotlight in mainstream media,” says David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E. "Each veterans’ story of survival is humbling and we are proud to create a series that captures the light at the end of the tunnel for these heroes.”
The life-saving organization behind the series is Paws and Stripes, founded by Jim and Lindsey Stanek. Jim served three tours in Iraq and returned home suffering from severe PTSD. He was struggling, on the brink of homelessness and on a long list to be matched with a costly service dog. Lindsey and Jim, tired of the road blocks, set out to establish an organization that would adopt unwanted dogs from kill shelters, rehabilitate them and pair them with a veteran, at little or no cost.
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Dogs of War 2K-9
A&E Network is also inviting four-legged friends to a special start line during this year’s Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday October 26 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The inaugural "Dogs of War” 2K-9 is a dog-friendly run honoring America’s active and veteran servicemen and women and raising awareness for the positive impact of therapy dogs in the post-war recovery process.
The event will pair athletes - including veterans, active duty military and their friends and family, and stars of A&E programs - with dog partners for a one-mile run/walk. A&E will donate $500 for each participant and dog pairing to Operation Gratitude, a "Dogs of War” charity partner, for a total donation of $50,000.
For more information on the docuseries, visit aetv.com
For more information about the Marine Corps Marathon, visit MarineMarathon.com
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