Veteran is defined by the Government as
any person of any age who has served in the British Armed Forces.
There are an estimated 5 million veterans in the UK. Recent research shows that 30% of Veterans are likely to develop mental health problems from their time in the Armed Forces. Around 4% are likely to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which can lead to many serious problems.
Around 65% are known pet owners.
81% of Veterans tell the charity Combat Stress they feel ashamed or embarrassed about their mental health problems.
Upon leaving the forces there is a well known significant shortfall in the provision of support services from public services, therefore many veterans become isolated and forgotten in society.
have seen the self worth that Veterans develop when experiencing the
positive aspects of dog ownership and the companionship it brings, and
have witnessed the fantastic effects of the therapeutic values that dogs