DocsDogs4Vets

Spc. Benjamin C. Pleitez

Doc’s Dogs for Vets: A Non-profit Organization

The mission of Doc’s Dogs for Vets is to rescue trainable dogs who will, in turn, rescue the life of a vet. If you would like to be part of this project, please contact us about volunteering or making a donation.

Doc’s Dogs For Vets was formed by the Pleitez family in honor of their son, Spc. Benjamin Pleitez, an army medic who died in 2012 while serving his country in Afghanistan. Ben loved dogs and had a gift for working with them. At the time of his deployment he was in the process of developing a business plan for a dog breeding and training kennel.

“…the best way to honor Ben’s memory is to provide trained service/assistance dogs to veterans who could benefit from a canine companion.”

“Man’s best friend,” a real life-saver.

As of 2015, there have been well-over a million veterans who have sustained nonfatal injuries in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many veterans returning from combat have visible injuries, including head injuries and severe injuries to their extremities, but some are suffering invisible injuries; traumatic brain injuries, related neurological problems, PTS, hearing and respiratory problems. Often, it is the injuries that go untreated or are not treated effectively, that result in a high rate of isolation, joblessness, and suicide among returning veterans.

Canine companions who are trained in disability specific tasks can help deter the overwhelming physical and emotional issues that are associated with returning combat veterans. Experience and studies have shown that service dogs provide significant benefits to wounded veterans by performing tasks that give a veteran the ability to live independently, a sense of security resulting in fewer anxiety events and less medication.

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