The mission as a non-profit is to empower positive change for active duty, veterans and first responders (clients) with invisible disabilities such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through the use of expertly-trained service dogs. These amazing dogs enable the clients to take the next step forward in their lives.
NSSD’s vision is threefold:
- Increase the number of service dogs that serve our men and women in uniform.
- Provide job and career opportunities for our clients so that they can serve as trainers to further enhance the bonds and effectiveness of our trainer-dog-client teams.
- Open NSSD training chapters throughout the country.
The service dogs that NSSD provides greatly improve the clients’ quality of life, independence, and the sense of being unconditionally loved, respected and protected. NSSD service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks and to work as described by the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
Standard service dog tasks include getting help, turning on lights, balance support, and retrieval. NSSD dogs are psychiatric service dogs with tasks that include helping our clients gauge dangers. The dogs also provide reassurance, which allows our clients to learn to trust and care again, and maybe smile for the first time in months or even years.