On Tuesday, October 6th at noon, in recognition of Disability Awareness Month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District will host a “Lunch-and-Learn” presentation by “Dog Tags Niagara.”
Many veterans face difficulties when they return from being deployed overseas, especially in combat zones. The issues that they deal with include anxiety, depression, isolation, and anger. Dog Tags Niagara takes advantage of what they refer to as "the simplest of rudders to calm this raging sea of emotions" - the unconditional love and trust of an animal.
Dog Tags Niagara pairs veterans with shelter dogs from the Niagara County SPCA. According to their website, their goal is to help one veteran at a time, one animal at a time. Through the program, veterans commit to working with shelter dogs each week to socialize and train the dogs, thereby improving the dog’s chances of being adopted. The veteran finds comfort in the quiet, non-judgmental nature of animals, and the animal finds solace and love during its own time of turmoil.
“I am happy to have been given the opportunity to host Dog Tags Niagara and showcase this worthwhile program,” said Buffalo District Commander Lt. Col. Karl D. Jansen. “Dog Tags Niagara not only helps veterans, but provides yet another way that veterans can continue to serve the community in which they live.”
Release no. 15-026