Beres Haus German Shepherds is making sure veterans with PTSD get the help they need by donating at least one German Shepard puppy from each littler to a veteran living with PTSD.
The donations are all in honor of 19-year-old Aaron Gorklo, who lived in Huntsville.
WAAY 31's Alyssa Martin first introduced you to Aaron's mother, Wendy Galloway, a few months ago and shared Aaron's story.
Aaron always had big military dreams and served in the Army National Guard. After a long battle with mental illness, Aaron died by suicide in July 2016.
Wendy recently traveled to Denver, Colorado where the first dog was donated to a veteran.
" My son hurt a lot and didn't feel like he had the help he needed and I don't want people to feel that way anymore. I want them to know there is help," said Galloway.
The German Shepherds can be donated as companions for veterans, or go through extensive training to become service dogs for veterans.
The program is open to veterans nationwide, however the veterans must be diagnosed with PTSD to be eligible for the program.
Once the dogs complete service training, they are worth around $25,000.
For information on the K9 program, visit http://www.bereshaus.com/k9heroes/index.html.
To nominate a veteran for the program, visit http://www.bereshaus.com/contact/index.html.