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Alex Gries & Sherman – Stories About Veterans & Service Dogs

by | Jan 10, 2023

U.S. Army veteran Alex Gries served in Iraq. Struggling with the aftermath of combat, Alex partnered and trains with her beloved service dog Sherman at Operation Freedom Paws. Alex is finding her “new normal” with Sherman as he is by her side, helping to mitigate the challenges of post-traumatic stress and physical injuries sustained during her military service.

The Heal series of videos were done as a multi-media project by artist Vicki Topaz in partnership with Operation Freedom Paws. That chronicles the healing journeys of veterans living with post-traumatic stress and other disabilities who are seeking to cope day-to-day with the help of their highly trained service dogs. HEAL! Illustrates how service dogs empower veterans by helping them find a “new normal” as they adjust to life after service.

22 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day. This statistic does not include servicewomen that have taken their lives.

The Mission:

• Shed light on the invisible wounds of PTS
• Help other Vets learn about service dogs
• Create awareness in our communities
• Build engagement with Vets and non-Vets