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Our Program 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 suffering from PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and Physical Disabilities. TOV provides struggling Veterans with trained companions who aid and assist in their daily routines, improving the quality of life. Our Canine Connections CPS program provides our Veterans with social interactions and human/canine bonding resulting in service dogs able to assist with the physical and psychological issues affecting our Veterans and their families.
This recovery oriented therapy program is attended by Veterans seeking to define what is preventing them from achieving quality of life measures. This program brings awareness of behaviors, fears and attitudes to overcome. Veterans work with certified peer counselors to continue to develop our canines, all of whom are named in honor of a fallen soldier. Each particular activity, command or exercise, experienced during their 18-24 months training period, correlates to symptoms, known or unknown, to the participant. All of our dogs experience more than 100 exposures of everyday living, over 40 commands and three tasks, specific to their Veteran. Upon completion of their training (1,500-2,000 hours), these fully-trained TOV/ADA guideline service dogs are given at no cost to a Veteran.
Tails of Valor is privately funded by generous donors wanting to give back to our Veterans that have given us so much of what we enjoy today.
We believe that valid intervention will lead to increased long-term behavioral development that is positive for the Veteran and their families. Our dogs offer opportunities for the Veterans 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 to canine and veteran is a lifetime.
Building a Behavioral Health Facility to house Standard Behavioral Health Programs with Alternative Medicine and Non-Medicinal therapies.
Respect, Honor and Serve our Veterans needs while treating the whole person not just the symptoms of a problem. Creating that better tomorrow for those that gave us today.