Project Delta, Inc.

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Help a Veteran, Save a Dog. We pair and train vets with PTSD and/or TBI with shelter/rescue dogs to become a Certified Service Dog Team.


On September 11, 2001, our country sustained the worst attack on American soil since the Civil War.  Once again, as in previous threats against America, our brave warriors selflessly went into battle to defend our Nation.  Like all other wars, the atrocities they experienced were devastating.  Many came home with visible scars and disfigurement, and just as many came home with the unseen wounds of war, such as Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  


The results of these injuries are often severely life altering, leading many to cope inadequately with the devastation they witnessed.  The outcome for these brave servicemen and women frequently include anxiety, depression, social isolation, divorce, drug or alcohol abuse and suicide.   Suicide for military veterans has reached the astounding rate of 22 per day and upwards of 8,000 per year.

So, what is our government doing for our veterans with PTS?   In our opinion...  not enough.   There are far too many veterans living untreated with these conditions. When diagnosed with PTS or TBI, evidence-based treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy and medications are available.  Unfortunately, veterans participate in a "warrior culture" that discourages the communication of weakness or empathy, which makes asking for and accepting help more challenging for vets. (1)  

Therefore, a new treatment model would be beneficial.   We feel that in addition to evidenced based treatments,  another form of treatment has been proven to be highly successful for the overall well-being of veterans suffering the effects of PTS and TBI.  At Project Delta, this treatment involves the inclusion of dogs.   Not just any dog, but dogs that are often overlooked and forgotten... shelter and rescue dogs.

We at Project Delta are disturbed by statistics regarding the "throw away" dogs in our country.   Nearly 4,000,000 of our beloved canine buddies are surrendered to shelters throughout the country each year.   Many of these dogs are rescued from abusive, neglectful or unsafe conditions.   Unfortunately,  approximately 1,200,000 of these dogs are euthanized every year.  

We are convinced of this truth... many of the so called, "throw-away" dogs are just as suitable for providing service to veterans disabled with PTS or TBI as the dogs bred for this purpose.  So, what we do at Project Delta is pair veterans and first responders with PTS and/or TBI with shelter or rescue dogs.  Prior to the veteran-dog pairing, the dogs are prescreened by experienced dog trainers for basic service-dog criteria.  The veteran and dog "choose" each other based on one another's personality and temperament.  Upon matching, at no charge to the veteran, we train the veteran and dog to work as a service dog team.  This process takes approximately 9 months depending on the needs of the veteran.   Project Delta provides ongoing training and mandatory recertification for the service dog team.  

Project Delta is a 501c(3) non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, MN.  Our two-year business plan includes providing this life-changing service to men and women suffering PTSD and TBI throughout the entire upper midwest (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin).  This will be accomplished by providing a lodging and training facility for veterans residing outside the Minneapolis metro area.    In addition to facilitating the development of this amazing team, Project Delta also offers optional total wellness services to address the mind, body, and spiritual needs of the veteran. 

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Organization name

Project Delta, Inc.

Tax id (EIN)

81-2180653

Categories

Animals Health

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Address

9002 VICKORS XING
BROOKLYN PARK, MN 55443-3830

Phone

763-229-7083

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