Tails of Valor
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OUR PROGRAMS AND MISSION
Tails of Valor®, Paws of Honor’s (TOV) mission is to provide rehabilitation through non-medicinal therapies by training service canines for Veterans/participants suffering with PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). TOV provides trained companions who aid and assist in their daily routines, improving their quality of life. Below are the programs available:
TOV’s Canine Connections is open to veterans/participants from the community seeking to improve their quality of life by experiencing the warmth and patience of a non-judgmental partner. Our canines can enhance a therapeutic environment which will reduce friction caused when experiencing social activities, thus leading to increased communication and focus. Our wellness staff provides the support needed for positive physical and mental health social interactions during sessions with our canines, all of who are named in honor of a fallen soldier.
Each particular activity, command or exercise, taught to the canine during their journey of 16-24 months of training, correlates to symptoms, known or unknown, to the participant. All our dogs have been socialized to experience up to 100 different exposures of everyday living, over 30 commands and tasks that are specific to their human. Upon completion of their training (1,500-2,000 hours), these fully-trained ADA guideline service dogs are given at no cost to a Veteran/participant.
TOV's Journey With A Purpose program uses animal assisted therapies (AAT and AAA) to help first our Veterans and first responders heal from trauma stressor related disorders including PST (Post Traumatic Stress) and/or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). This therapy program is designed for the participant, specialist and animal to all work together in therapeutic activities with goals for change and the expectation of identifiable progress. AAT is a non-medicinal goal oriented option used to enhance and complement the traditional therapy. AAA is a non-medicinal less goal directed option with the key benefit of spontaneous interaction to alleviate emotional distress or general stress symptoms. This service is provided at no cost.
These recovery-oriented therapy programs are for those seeking to define what is preventing them from achieving quality-of-life measures. These programs bring awareness of behaviors, fears, and attitudes to overcome.
Tails of Valor is privately funded by generous donors wanting to give back to those that sacrifice for us in order to enjoy today.
We believe that valid intervention will lead to increased long-term behavioral development that is positive for all participants and their families. Our dog programs offer opportunities to interact with members of the community and experience positive interactions with society. Training requires positive emotions for success which will help the emotionally detached improve social skills. Our commitment is lifetime to those we serve.
Building a wellness facility to house standard health programs with complementary medicine options
Respect, Honor, and Serve those that reach out while treating the whole person not just the symptoms of a problem. Creating that better tomorrow for those that gave us today.
CREATING A BETTER TOMORROW FOR THOSE THAT GIVE US TODAY