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Service dogs can be lifesavers for veterans returning from military service with physical and emotional injuries. More than 2 million vets have been deployed to combat zones in recent conflicts, and an estimated 13­­–20 percent returned with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while many others suffered from missing limbs or paralysis.

Service dogs can have a huge impact on quality of life, easing symptoms of PTSD when other methods fail. They can also allow vets to return to normal daily activities, retrieving medications and prosthetics, opening doors, and even calling 911 for help if needed.

Unfortunately, there is a shortage of service animals available to fill the need. Current waiting times average about four years, and training and funding can cost about $25,000 per animal. That’s where the Tower of Hope can help. Their mission is to empower people living with disabilities and chronic illnesses to live more independently by providing them with specially trained service dogs.

According to their website, “Our primary focus is on providing these amazing animals to wounded veterans—those who have suffered great physical or mental trauma defending our freedom.”

The Chaffin Luhana Foundation is pleased to donate $250 to the Tower of Hope in the name of veteran team member and senior paralegal, Holly Culbertson.

“This is a charity close to my heart as a veteran and as someone who loves dogs,” Holly says. “Tower of Hope also rescues dogs and trains them to be service dogs for our vets, which is amazing because they help two lives: the dog’s and the veteran’s.”

If you’d also like to help the Tower of Hope provide more dogs to needy vets, you can make a donation via the information listed below:

Tower of Hope (checks to be made out to charity name)

228 Park Ave. S. Ste 19065 New York, NY 10003

(888) 317-8014 Email:


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