Nonprofit Changing Lives With Service Dogs For Veterans And First Responders | NBC Nightly News

Nonprofit Changing Lives With Service Dogs For Veterans And First Responders | NBC Nightly News


>>>WE’RE CELEBRATING A SPECIAL CALLED CLEAR THE SHELTERS DESIGNED A SPECIAL CALLED CLEAR THE SHELTERS DESIGNED TO GET DOGS PLACES. THE SHELTERS DESIGNED TO GET DOGS PLACES. THEY HELP FIRST TO GET DOGS PLACES. THEY HELP FIRST RESPONDERS AND MEMBERS THEY HELP FIRST RESPONDERS AND MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY HEAL. RESPONDERS AND MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY HEAL. IN ONE OF THE DARKEST OF THE MILITARY HEAL. IN ONE OF THE DARKEST MOMENTS OF HIS LIFE, IN ONE OF THE DARKEST MOMENTS OF HIS LIFE, RETIRED POLICE OFFICER MOMENTS OF HIS LIFE, RETIRED POLICE OFFICER NICK WILSON FOUND HOPE RETIRED POLICE OFFICER NICK WILSON FOUND HOPE AT THIS RANCH IN NICK WILSON FOUND HOPE AT THIS RANCH IN MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA, AT THIS RANCH IN MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA, WHERE HE MET HIS MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA, WHERE HE MET HIS SERVICE DOG STRIKER. WHERE HE MET HIS SERVICE DOG STRIKER.>>I NEVER KNEW WHAT SERVICE DOG STRIKER.>>I NEVER KNEW WHAT KIND OF HEALING COULD>>I NEVER KNEW WHAT KIND OF HEALING COULD COME FROM A DOG. KIND OF HEALING COULD COME FROM A DOG.>>Reporter: NICK WAS COME FROM A DOG.>>Reporter: NICK WAS SUFFERING FROM PTSD>>Reporter: NICK WAS SUFFERING FROM PTSD AFTER A DECADE SPENT SUFFERING FROM PTSD AFTER A DECADE SPENT INVESTIGATING WHITE AFTER A DECADE SPENT INVESTIGATING WHITE SUPREMACY GROUPS WHEN INVESTIGATING WHITE SUPREMACY GROUPS WHEN HE WAS MAXED WITH A SUPREMACY GROUPS WHEN HE WAS MAXED WITH A LABRADOR RETRIEVER. HE WAS MAXED WITH A LABRADOR RETRIEVER. TRAINED HERE AT THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER. TRAINED HERE AT THE PATRIOTIC SERVICE DOG TRAINED HERE AT THE PATRIOTIC SERVICE DOG FOUNDATION. PATRIOTIC SERVICE DOG FOUNDATION. TOM TACKETT RUNS THE FOUNDATION. TOM TACKETT RUNS THE NONPROFIT WHICH TOM TACKETT RUNS THE NONPROFIT WHICH PROVIDES DOGS TO NONPROFIT WHICH PROVIDES DOGS TO VETERANS AND FIRST PROVIDES DOGS TO VETERANS AND FIRST RESPONDERS SUFFERING VETERANS AND FIRST RESPONDERS SUFFERING FROM PTSD FREE OF RNLG RESPONDERS SUFFERING FROM PTSD FREE OF RNLG CHA. FROM PTSD FREE OF RNLG CHA.>>IT IS AMAZING WHAT CHA.>>IT IS AMAZING WHAT THE DOGS DO.>>IT IS AMAZING WHAT THE DOGS DO. THE FIRST RESPONDERS THE DOGS DO. THE FIRST RESPONDERS COME TO US THAT REALLY THE FIRST RESPONDERS COME TO US THAT REALLY HAVE SOME SERIOUS COME TO US THAT REALLY HAVE SOME SERIOUS ISSUES. HAVE SOME SERIOUS ISSUES. QUITE A FEW OF THEM ISSUES. QUITE A FEW OF THEM ARE SUICIDAL. QUITE A FEW OF THEM ARE SUICIDAL.>>Reporter: DOGS HERE ARE SUICIDAL.>>Reporter: DOGS HERE LEARN TO SHIELD THEIR>>Reporter: DOGS HERE LEARN TO SHIELD THEIR OWNERS FROM LARGE LEARN TO SHIELD THEIR OWNERS FROM LARGE CROWDS. OWNERS FROM LARGE CROWDS. EVEN TO INTERRUPT WHEN CROWDS. EVEN TO INTERRUPT WHEN THEY NOTICE SIGNS OF EVEN TO INTERRUPT WHEN THEY NOTICE SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS. THEY NOTICE SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS. FOR COMBAT VETERAN EMOTIONAL DISTRESS. FOR COMBAT VETERAN MICHELLE RIVERA WHO FOR COMBAT VETERAN MICHELLE RIVERA WHO STRUGGLED WITH MICHELLE RIVERA WHO STRUGGLED WITH UNTREATED PTSD FOR STRUGGLED WITH UNTREATED PTSD FOR NEARLY TEN YEARS, UNTREATED PTSD FOR NEARLY TEN YEARS, SOMETIMES IT IS JUST A NEARLY TEN YEARS, SOMETIMES IT IS JUST A COMPANIONSHIP THAT SOMETIMES IT IS JUST A COMPANIONSHIP THAT HELPS GET HER OUT OF COMPANIONSHIP THAT HELPS GET HER OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING. HELPS GET HER OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING.>>YEAH. BED IN THE MORNING.>>YEAH. THE UNCONDITIONAL>>YEAH. THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. THAT’S THE ABSOLUTE LOVE. THAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BEST PART OF IT. THAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BEST PART OF IT.>>Reporter: AT LEAST BEST PART OF IT.>>Reporter: AT LEAST A THIRD OF DOGS>>Reporter: AT LEAST A THIRD OF DOGS TRAINED HERE ARE A THIRD OF DOGS TRAINED HERE ARE RESCUED. TRAINED HERE ARE RESCUED. THEY CAN COST AS MUCH RESCUED. THEY CAN COST AS MUCH AS $25,000 TO BE THEY CAN COST AS MUCH AS $25,000 TO BE TRAINED JUST ONE OF AS $25,000 TO BE TRAINED JUST ONE OF THEM. TRAINED JUST ONE OF THEM. THAT’S WHERE OWNERS THEM. THAT’S WHERE OWNERS LIKE MARSHALL, A THAT’S WHERE OWNERS LIKE MARSHALL, A VETERAN HIMSELF, COME LIKE MARSHALL, A VETERAN HIMSELF, COME IN. VETERAN HIMSELF, COME IN. HE RUNS I HEART IN. HE RUNS I HEART DOGS.COM WHICH HAS HE RUNS I HEART DOGS.COM WHICH HAS DONATED MORE THAN DOGS.COM WHICH HAS DONATED MORE THAN $300,000 TO DONATED MORE THAN $300,000 TO ANIMAL-RELATED. $300,000 TO ANIMAL-RELATED.>>HE WE WANT TO HELP ANIMAL-RELATED.>>HE WE WANT TO HELP THEM FIND THEIR>>HE WE WANT TO HELP THEM FIND THEIR FOREVER HOMES. THEM FIND THEIR FOREVER HOMES. WITH ME OR YOU OR FOREVER HOMES. WITH ME OR YOU OR VETERANS IN SUPPORTING WITH ME OR YOU OR VETERANS IN SUPPORTING THEM. VETERANS IN SUPPORTING THEM.>>Reporter: AND THEM.>>Reporter: AND EVERYONE AGREES IT IS>>Reporter: AND EVERYONE AGREES IT IS MONEY BEING PUT TO EVERYONE AGREES IT IS MONEY BEING PUT TO GOOD USE. MONEY BEING PUT TO GOOD USE.>>IT PRESIDENT WITH GOOD USE.>>IT PRESIDENT WITH ME A SENSE OF>>IT PRESIDENT WITH ME A SENSE OF GRATITUDE EVERYWHERE I ME A SENSE OF GRATITUDE EVERYWHERE I GO WHEN I SEE STRIKER. GRATITUDE EVERYWHERE I GO WHEN I SEE STRIKER. I ALWAYS COME BACK TO GO WHEN I SEE STRIKER. I ALWAYS COME BACK TO THINK OF THIS

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