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Colorado nonprofit looks to use search and rescue dogs to help vets adjust to life back home

Posted at 8:23 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 22:23:08-05

ERIE, Colo. -- Helping returning vets adjust to life back home is not an easy process. Sometimes, it requires a little more, but the biggest thing is to provide them with purpose and an ability to continue service.

That's a big part of the Returning Soldier Initiative from Search And Rescue Dogs. The organization is teaching vets how to work with these dogs and allowing them to provide a service to their community upon returning home.

“It’s nice to be able to go and then serve the community. You can make a big difference in someone’s life obviously for finding someone who is lost or helping with the case but also, you’re helping the veteran to get back into the community and get the support they need, and it gives them a sense of purpose for what they’re trying to do and given so far,” Returning Soldier Initiative organizer Jeff Hiebert said.

The group is currently working with about a dozen vets nationwide to get them out and helping in this important field.

If you'd like to learn more about the Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States' Returning Soldier Initiative, click here.