Service Peace Warriors is a service for any American soldier who is in need of help coping with PTSD symptoms as a result of service. This includes both active and non-active duty veterans- if your PTSD is a result of your service, and you are actively getting treated by a medical professional for it, we can help you.
Mary Mattox has trained and worked with animals most of her life. She grew up in New Zealand where she rode racehorses and worked on dairy farms whenever she could as a kid. She worked alongside sheepdogs during Christmas holidays, and on and off over her lifetime has taught dogs obedience and tricks, starting with her first dog Charlie when she was 15. She moved to America when she was 17 and became widely known for her natural wisdom in breeding and raising pigs, goats, dogs, and horses. She broke horses for about eight years, has been a 4H Leader for 10 years and has been involved in 4H for 18 years.
Here in Eltopia North of Tri-Cities, Washington you will be able to be in a relaxed country setting while training with your Service Dog.
Mary grew up with a torturous violent and controlling mother. She was fostered out to various strangers where she was further abused. She was exposed to multiple traumas over a long 17 year period, starting from as young as a baby. As a consequence, Mary developed lifetime Complex PTSD. Living with, and raising animals, has always been healing for her anxiety. Mary’s deep knowledge that animals are healing for humans, along with her genuine and passionate drive to help others, led her to start Service Peace Warriors.
Although Mary does not know what it's like to be a veteran, she does understand what it's like to live with PTSD. Her symptoms were so bad that she ended up in the hospital with blood pressure high enough to give her a stroke. At times in her life, where the anxiety and depression got too severe, she spent weeks in bed talking herself out of killing herself. Mary’s experience has led her to feel deep empathy for American Veterans. Service Peace Warriors is her way of giving back to the soldiers for what they do for us.
Mary knows what the comfort of a dog brings to her and how it changed her life. Having a dog enabled her to go places, and do things, and talk to people that before PTSD would block her from experiencing. Teaming up with her service dog opened up a new world for her, and she hopes to do the same for American Veterans with PTSD.
American Veterans have written a blank check to the US government, therefore those Veteran men and women have written a blank check for their lives — so that we can sleep safely at night. Veterans with PTSD want to be able to walk out their front door. They want to be able to live their lives. These service dogs change Veterans’ lives. Many Veterans can’t leave their own homes because they may hear a backfire of a car, or hear a helicopter and start having traumatic flashbacks. Veterans who have difficulty leaving their homes, such as going to the grocery store for themselves, these dogs open up a new world to them that they didn’t know they could have. With trauma issues, it is a gift to have the company of a dog who provides unconditional loving companionship. The dog provides a sense of emotional and psychological security to the Veteran. These dogs are trained to wake the veteran at night if the Veteran is having night terrors. The dog will get up on the bed and lick them until they wake out of their nightmare. This makes the Veteran feel safer, more comfortable, less anxious and less agitated. Having that security is a huge gift provided by that dog.