Throughout history, dogs have been man’s best friend. If the man is a soldier, a dog can save his life in combat.
For the soldier who suffers physical and psychological wounds, a dog can lift depression, calm anxiety and coax a smile.
“I was in a down mood,” says Staff Sgt, Jeffrey Graham, returning from nine months in Afghanistan. “They told me that being with the dogs would relieve my stress.”
This happens twice a week at Dog Tags of Moore County, when servicemen and women from the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg are bused to the Southern Pines VFW. Here, in an informal setting, soldiers socialize and obedience-train rescue dogs supplied by Animal Advocates of Moore County (AAMC). With this training on their Facebook resumes, the dogs, now in foster homes, easily find permanent placement.
As for the soldiers, body language does the talking.