WOODBRIDGE, Va. (CIRCA) — According to the Veteran Administration, 834,463 veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. That’s 30 percent.
An organization in Virginia, Semper K9, is working to help those veterans suffering from PTSD and other disabilities using dogs.
Semper K9 rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to be service dogs at no cost for disabled service members.
Christopher Baity, a former Marine, and his wife, Amanda Baity, started Semper K9 in 2014. Baity wanted to use the skills he learned in the Marine Corps to help veterans overcome their difficulties.
Recently, Semper K9 purchased 33 acres adjacent to the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, where they plan to build a retreat-style facility for out-of-area veterans and families to come train with their service dogs.
Things are happening at our future home today! Huge thank you to local business Peirce Construction for taking on our site work pro bono! That's right...NO COST to Semper K9! Our team is so thankful to live in a community that cares about our mission and enriching the lives of our wounded servicemembers! #semperk9 #servicedogs4vets #veteranshelpingveterans #campsemperk9 #peirceconstruction #hereinfauquier #fauquier