This year, the Maids of Athena Grand Lodge have taken on a special project focusing on supporting the AHEPA Service Dogs of Warriors program. We are encouraging our chapters to support this project at a local level, educate themselves and raise awareness about this issue, share resources online, and purchase our stationary book and pen bundle.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Grand Governor Markella at firstname.lastname@example.org
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening.
A Specially Trained PTSD Dog can provide a sense of security, calming effects, and physical exercise that can make a positive difference in the life of those that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Like all assistance dogs, a psychiatric service dog is individually trained to do work or perform tasks that mitigate its handler's disability. Training may include providing environmental assessment (in such cases as paranoia or hallucinations), signaling behaviors (such as interrupting repetitive or injurious behavior reminding the handler to take medication, retrieving objects, and guiding the handler from stressful situations. PTSD Service Dogs can literally change the life of a Veteran or other persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD Service dogs can help a Veteran remain calm by preventing people from crowding around or rushing up behind in public places which will provide a comfortable space for the Veteran or PTSD sufferer.