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Veteran’s Puppy for Life to feature Craig presentation on service dog training for soldiers experiencing PTSD

Craig Press Staff

Local veterans will host a presentation on the benefits of furry friends on the lives of soldiers.

Frank Griggs, a decorated former marine and the founder of Colorado based Veteran’s Puppy for Life, will speak in Craig at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way.

Griggs will discuss the program, which he started in 2015 and the dozens veterans and service dogs who have benefitted from the course.

“Helping to heal a wounded soul, one puppy at a time” is the motto for the organization, which trains young canines to work with vets as a service dog to aid with post-traumatic stress disorder.

A one-year local training program certified by the American Kennel Club is followed by a nine-month, weekly online class with homework for both to graduation.

“Upon completion their puppy is a loving friend and service dog for life with all the alert benefits for anyone with PTSD,” stated a VFW news release.

Vets who are interested in the program are encouraged to attend, as well as family, friends and loved ones who have recognized the stressors in a veteran’s life associated with PTSD.

For more information on the program, visit vetpuppyforlife.org.