Why we do what we do!
Old Glory Service Dogs 4 Veterans, Inc. (“Old Glory” OGSD) is dedicated to serving Military Veterans, Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS Personnel in Flagler, Volusia, and surrounding areas. Old Glory aids in the selection and training of service dogs to promote independence and support the physical and mental health of America’s heroes. Each member assists in the training of their service dog which allows the member to become invested in the process, the member-community, and their dog. Old Glory works with area shelters, donor-breeders, and rescues to identify and select dogs to match each member on an individualized basis. Each animal is evaluated based on our member’s specific needs and abilities. The training of a service dog is dictated by objectives to be achieved which in turn, dictates certain prerequisites that can often limit selection.
Our Members Breakdown
We Help All Branches of the Military and First Responders
In This Family, No One Fights Alone
Every day, 22 U.S. Military veterans commit suicide. Every eight seconds, one animal is put to death in U.S. animal shelters. Our mission and our organization serve to preserve life and enable reintegration with social environments, community, and often family. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, of the 750,000 Veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, approximately 100,000 sought mental health care. Half of those were diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Why Our Members Come To Us
What is a Service Dog?
A service dog is a working animal, not a pet. Statistically, the development of trust, bonding with the dog, and the responsibility of caring for another life promotes positive mental health and healthy social interaction. A Service Dog can be best explained by comparing with a specific medication. A Service Dog is there to help it's handler when needed. When the Service Dog is distracted the handler could be going through a PTSD episode without their medication. One of the most important factors that must be thoroughly considered is selecting the right dog for service training. The training of a Service Dog is dictated by objectives to be achieved which in turn, dictates certain prerequisites that will limit selection. Our goal is to primarily select dogs from shelters or rescues. If a member chooses to purchase a dog or already possess a canine candidate, they would be evaluated before being accepted into the program.
How Do We Get Our Dogs?