Pets for Vets

An organization known as “Pet for Vets” reaches out to veterans who suffer from physical and emotional injuries relating to their time in the service. “Sometimes it is very difficult to transition from military to civilian life,” said Debbie George, a member of the organization’s Alameda chapter. Medical studies have shown that companion animals can significantly improve both mental and physical health. These animals can reduce stress, depression and anxiety that many serving in the military experience.