Help is on the way for some New Hampshire veterans suffering from mental health challenges brought on by the pandemic. A group that pairs them with comfort dogs is now getting federal CARES Act money to make a difference in their lives.>> Download the free WMUR appFor the past four years, Hero Pups in Exeter has trained and paired 92 support or comfort dogs, most of them rescues, with people suffering from post-traumatic stress or other challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on some veterans dealing with the loneliness of isolation. Hero Pups has also suffered financially while demand increased. Gov. Chris Sununu was on hand to celebrate a big boost for the organization. Using the federal CARES Act money, the organization Swim With a Mission will be giving Hero Pups more than $260,000 to make up for losses and pair an additional 26 dogs with our nation’s heroes. “As long as we have veterans that are struggling with any of these mental health issues, we’re going to keep raising money,” said Phil Taub from Swim With a Mission.“Nobody here gets a paycheck,” Founder of Hero Pups Laura Baker said. “There’s no administration. We have very little overhead so a grant like this goes directly to the care of the dogs and being able to provide the veterans the training necessary to work with their dogs.”

Help is on the way for some New Hampshire veterans suffering from mental health challenges brought on by the pandemic. A group that pairs them with comfort dogs is now getting federal CARES Act money to make a difference in their lives.

>> Download the free WMUR app

Advertisement

For the past four years, Hero Pups in Exeter has trained and paired 92 support or comfort dogs, most of them rescues, with people suffering from post-traumatic stress or other challenges.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on some veterans dealing with the loneliness of isolation. Hero Pups has also suffered financially while demand increased.

Gov. Chris Sununu was on hand to celebrate a big boost for the organization. Using the federal CARES Act money, the organization Swim With a Mission will be giving Hero Pups more than $260,000 to make up for losses and pair an additional 26 dogs with our nation’s heroes.

“As long as we have veterans that are struggling with any of these mental health issues, we’re going to keep raising money,” said Phil Taub from Swim With a Mission.

“Nobody here gets a paycheck,” Founder of Hero Pups Laura Baker said. “There’s no administration. We have very little overhead so a grant like this goes directly to the care of the dogs and being able to provide the veterans the training necessary to work with their dogs.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Valentine’s weekend free food, deals: Save at Starbucks, Olive Garden, Papa John’s, Dunkin’ and more – USA TODAY

UPDATED: Some Valentine’s Day deals and special menu items continue past the…