Tis’ the season for giving. With that said, we thought that you should check out this article on Broncos WR Eric Decker and his wife, Jessie James, on how they’re influencing the military community by providing service dogs to active duty military members and veterans.
Deckers Dogs provides support to Freedom Service Dogs’ Operation Freedom. The goal is to provide needed service dogs to returning military personnel and veterans with a service-connected disability.
The dogs are custom trained for individual clients including veterans and active duty soldiers who have traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or spinal cord injuries among other things. The service members and veterans are matched with dogs that help them find a new level of independence in their post-combat life, whether it’s turning on a light switch or simply reducing anxiety levels.
“There’s this one guy who used to clear buildings in Afghanistan,” Decker said. “He came home, and he couldn’t go in his house without his dog there. He had to have a neighbor or a family member come over, go through the house, turn on all the lights and make sure it was safe for him. Now this dog is able to go inside, turn all the lights on, clear it for him, and bring him in.” – Eric Decker to Purpose 2 Play