POSTED: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 6:57pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 8:03am
There are now more than three million veterans living in the U.S. who end their military careers disabled. In Texas, it's not just the government helping those whose courage lead the country in war.
Patriot Paws is a non-profit organization that trains dogs to assist those disabled veterans. The dogs are learning up to 35 commands, including how to do laundry, pick up almost anything, and open doors.
They are recently learning to pick up prosthetic legs, which are donated by Custom Care Orthopedic Bracing. The dogs are trained to retrieve the legs and bring them to their disabled owners.
By 18 to 24 months, the dogs are ready to serve those who serve us. Veteran Pete McGaughey says, "I've seen several handicapped veterans. I know what I have to go through, and they'll appreciate those dogs."
The best news is that everything is done through volunteers and donations. If you would like to donate to Patriot Paws, go to their website at www.patriotpaws.org .