Purina Dog Chow and Radio & TV Personality Bobby Bones Unveil Documentary Short Film Highlighting Impact of PTSD Service Dogs

Support for veterans with PTSD continues with the fourth annual “Service Dog Salute” campaign

NS. LOUIS, September 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – In honor of September Service Dog Awareness Month and its fourth annual Service Dog Salute campaign, Dog Chow is releasing a new documentary titled “Even Heroes Need Heroes” to highlight the life-changing benefits of service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress Stress disorder (PTSD). In collaboration with the service dog organization Got Your Six Support Dogs and a radio and television personality Bobby Bones, Dog Chow spent the last year accompanying three veterans on their unique journeys of hope and healing with a PTSD service dog.

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The new documentary, which can be viewed at DogChow.com/service, features veteran and PTSD duty dog ​​couples Shannon and Pepper, Tishawna and Archie, and Andy and Thanos learning how to face post-duty challenges such as night terrors, emotional distance and Hypervigilance.

“I’ve had the privilege of meeting veterans affected by PTSD for the past three years who have worked with Dog Chow,” said Bones, who is also the documentary producer. “It is absolutely inspiring to see firsthand how service dogs are helping you improve both physical and mental health through this documentary, and I am excited to be a part of it again.”

Through the Service Dog Salute campaign, Dog Chow has a mission to connect more veterans with life saving PTSD service dogs by continuing to support service dog organizations, including Got Your Six Support Dogs in Collinsville, Illinois and Tony LaRussas Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek, California, donate $ 850,000 Since the initiative began in 2018, Dog Chow has not only donated funds, but also worked with members of Congress on federal legislation in support of veterans with PTSD. The PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act, passed with broad bipartisan support in 2021, will create a pilot program in the VA to train and bond service dogs with veterans with PTSD.

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“Over three million military veterans have PTSD, and service dogs have been shown to reduce the severity of PTSD symptoms and suicidal behaviors. Unfortunately, less than 1% of those who need a service dog can get one every year, ”said Steve Degnan, Nestlé’s Chief Human Resources Officer Purina North America and also a veteran. “We are on a mission to change that, and Dog Chow continues to offer our support and funding to connect veterans in need with specially trained service dogs.”

In conjunction with the documentary’s release, Dog Chow is hosting a virtual watch party hosted by Bobby Bones, At Wednesday September 8th at 12:30 p.m. CST. Viewers can tune in to YouTube.com/DogChow to watch the movie and participate in a live Q&A with Bones.

To view the documentation and find out how you can help, visit DogChow.com/service.

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Above Bobby Bones
Radio and television personality Bobby Bones “Has found a place for itself in almost every corner of the entertainment world” (American Profile). He is the host of the nationwide syndicated iHeartRadio program “The Bobby Bones Show,” which broadcasts over 185 stations and is the # 1 country morning show with millions of monthly listeners. The award-winning show is 2x CMA Award winner, 4x ACM Award winner and earned Bones the title of the most recent inclusion in the prestigious National Radio Hall of Fame. His breakout television series for National Geographic, “Breaking Bobby Bones,” is now streamed on Disney +. He was the official in-house mentor of ABC’s “American Idol,” won season 27 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and serves as the host and executive producer of Circle Networks “Opry.” Bones is also twofold New York Times No. 1 bestselling author, touring stand-up comedian and philanthropist – a true “all-rounder” (ESPN).

Above Tony La Russas Animal Rescue Foundation
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is an award-winning, nationally recognized leader for her unique mission, “People Save Animals… Animals Save People®”. Founded in 1991, ARF has rescued more than 41,000 cats and dogs and expanded its national awareness and education programs. ARF highlights pets in our society, improves connections and changes the bond between humans and animals.

About your six service dogs
Got Your Six Support Dogs is committed to providing specialized service dogs to veterans and first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and / or sexual trauma. Your mission is to help these men and women regain their lives through the healing power of dogs. For more information on Got Your Six SupportDogs or to make a donation, please visit www.GotYourSixSupportDogs.org.

Dog Chow partner and tv / radio personality Bobby Bones with veterans Andy and Shannon for the fourth annual Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign

Dog Chow partner and TV / radio personality Bobby Bones with veteran Shannon and his service dog Pepper participate in the fourth annual Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign

Dog Chow partner and TV / radio personality Bobby Bones participates in the fourth annual Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign

Dog Chow partner and TV / radio personality Bobby Bones participates in the fourth annual Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign

Military veteran Andy and his service dog Thanos participate in the fourth annual Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign

Military veteran Andy and his service dog Thanos participate in the fourth annual Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign

Dog Chow partner and TV / radio personality Bobby Bones with veteran Andy and his service dog Thanos participate in the fourth annual Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign

Dog Chow partner and TV / radio personality Bobby Bones with veteran Andy and his service dog Thanos participate in the fourth annual Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign

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