Veterans and Shelter Dogs Star in ‘Dogs of War’

A&E Premieres Dogs of War Docuseries

A&E Network’s new documentary series Dogs of War spotlights the connection between veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and shelter dogs trained to help them out. The docuseries will premiere on November 11, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT, with the show moving to Sundays at 10pm on November 16th.

The idea of partnering a dog desperately in need of a forever family with a war veteran was the brainchild of Jim and Lindsey Stanek who created the Paws and Stripes organization. Jim Stanek’s a three-tour veteran who came home suffering from PTSD. A service dog was too costly so he and his wife decided to adopt unwanted dogs and train them to assist veterans. The dogs come from kill shelters and are trained at little or no cost to the veteran they’re paired with.

“This series is full of raw, real and intensely emotional moments that don’t often get a spotlight in mainstream media,” said David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E. “Each veterans’ story of survival is humbling and we are proud to create a series that captures the light at the end of the tunnel for these heroes.”

The Dogs of War Series Details:

“This real life series chronicles the fog of PTSD that many veterans find themselves in after serving in combat, and the service dogs that bring them out of it. In each hour, one veteran is matched with a dog adopted from a shelter that has been trained in rehabilitation. Together they take an emotional journey out of darkness, through rigorous training and emotional support, so the veteran can integrate back into normal life. Dogs of War is the crossroads where a veteran condemned to a life of isolation, and an abandoned dog condemned to a shelter, come together to rescue one another.”