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Tucson organization brings dogs and veterans together to combat PTSD

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TUCSON - PTSD plagues many American service members. For those without help, their lives could ultimately end with suicide.  A Tucson organization, the 1 Veteran Foundation, is trying to change people’s life with PTSD by giving them a trained service dog.

The idea started when David Rafus brought home a dog from the shelter. He named her Manifa.

Rafus served 7 years in the Marine Corp and served in Desert Storm. His PTSD came in the form of nightmares. After Manifa came in to his life, he went from 4 to 5 nightmares a week – to just 1 or 2 a month. Manifa learned to gently wake Rafus up when he was struggling at night.

“When PTSD manifests itself, it can come out in many, many different ways.” Rafus said.  “We try very hard to train a dog for that specific veteran.”

Purple Heart Chapter 442 as well as other veteran organizations and others in the Tucson community have made it possible for the organization to get started.


To find out more information about the 1 Veteran Foundation, click here.   

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