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Three veterans find their way back to civilian life – with help from their service dogs.

Finding A Safe Place:  Of different genders and generations, but all veterans suffering from post deployment trauma, Tina, Dennis, and Aaron share the difficulty transitioning back to civilian life. Despite the initial interventions of talk therapy and medicine, they struggle. This documentary will follow the impact of a different intervention – specially trained service dogs, and the support they provide for these veterans facing everyday struggles, now with more hope and success.  

Your donation here (or through the San Francisco Film Society) will help cover the costs of principal cinematography.

Currently, we are interviewing veterans who are in the process, or have already adopted service dogs.

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About the Subject:  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, over 5.2 million adults suffer with post-deployment trauma during a given year. Although medicine and therapy have been used with some success, there is no known cure. It has been found however, that in the long term, service dogs have been proven beneficial. These trained dogs are able to assist veterans in accomplishing daily tasks that most people take for granted: From helping them open doors, survey dark rooms before entering, turning on lights, creating a block and cover for oncoming strangers, picking up keys, or providing comfort during traumatic flashbacks and nightmares. Many traumatized veterans are able to work and contribute to their communities after leaving active duty.

Unfortunately, without the additional support that the dogs provide, the various symptoms of their condition can prove insurmountable.

This film will chronicle some of the changes and adjustments many returning veterans face, and how service dogs assist them. Through the medium of motion pictures, "Finding A Safe Place" has the potential reach a wide audience, to better understand conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and other mental and physical health issues faced by returning veterans, providing hope for a better future.

I hope you can support this important and timely film.

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