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Mushrooming PTSD crisis among military. Experts estimate PTSD impacts 30% of all Vietnam veterans, 10% of all Desert Storm veterans, and 20% of 1.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan troops. Unemployment for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans increased from 11.5 % in 2010 to 12.1% in 2011.

Special Thanks

Special Thanks

On Veterans Day November 11th 2015,  a Cox Cares Foundation event awarded a grant of $15,000 to Next Step Service Dogs.  Accompanied by two senior trainers Dan Lopez and Gina Esoldi and service dogs Ringo, Molly, and Bo, Sally Montrucchio thanked Cox Cares and shared the importance of such a gift.  In a surprise move, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications California, doubled the grant.  Thank you so much, Cox Communications!!

Training Program

Training Program

Check out Next Step Service Dogs training program and learn how we help to empower veterans!

Introducing Service Dogs to the Public

Introducing Service Dogs to the Public

Nov 22,2015.  Encinitas Streeet Festival:  Kissing Booth by Next Step Service Dogs in the Dog Zone is a hit!  Children and adults were delighted to hug and kiss a series of NSSD service dog while learning more about service dogs and fundraising to support more service dogs for veterans.

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