Mental Health Awareness: Service to Service Members

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"We always work by volunteers. That's how we exist in our training center. And I'll give you an idea. There are only 4 of us on the paid staff. All of the rest of the work that we do, from office management, our donor management system, our outreach program, our fence coordination, puppy raisers, puppy walkers, puppy sitters, it's all done by volunteers. We are very fortunate that we have a nice cadre of volunteers. Last year we had over 50 volunteers that logged over 15,500 hours. That's the amount of hours that they put into our volunteer capture system. That would have been me hiring 8 people. That's one of the ways people can [contribute]." 

- Dr. Gordon Sumner, President & CEO of Veterans Moving Forward


Emotional support is a hidden need for all of us. The need is greatest among those who have experienced trauma; on the battlefield and when rejoining civilian life. We invited Dr. Gordon Sumner to explain how Veterans Moving Forward is using service dogs to:

  • Increase mental health within the veteran community
  • Reduce anxiety and the use of medications
  • Prevent veteran suicides and homelessness

Watch the video below to hear Dr. Sumner answer:

  1. How he describes "mental health"
  2. The problems that new veterans face
  3. How other organizations are assisting with veteran mental health
  4. What Veterans Moving Forward solves
  5. Whether there are enough dogs to meet the challenge 
  6. The future!


Veterans Moving Forward, Inc. (VMF), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, provides service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and/or mental health challenges, no cost to the veterans.

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