A Veteran and his Dog: Saving Each Other and the World

A Veteran and his Dog:  Saving Each Other and the World

by Susan Neuhalfen

Every day, 22 veterans commit suicide. It’s a staggering statistic and one that many veteran support groups are fighting every day.

Rob Genet knows this all too well. His father, a veteran, took his life 30 days after Genet was discharged from the military. Genet, too attempted to take his own life at the pinnacle of his decent following the military, illegal activities, and drug addiction.

Genet’s life changed when he received Buxley, a Pit bull rescued from the fighting ring, who was destined to become Genet’s constant companion. He credits Buxley with saving his life and wanted to do the same for other vets.

Genet, along with a friend formed Pitbulls for 22 which now works with rescue organizations, to match dogs to vets. They have placed eight dogs so far and have sponsored three others to adopt. They are placing them as companion dogs, but hope to place trained service dogs.

“We want veterans to know they can reach out to us,” said Sandi O’Neill who along with her brother, are business partners and friends of Genet. “The biggest benefit they receive from an emotional support dog is staying focused in the here and now and to have that support that they need to make it through the rough spots.”

The general public may support Pitbulls for 22 by purchasing merchandise at pitbullsfor22.com or donate directly to Buxley’s Battalion (the non-profit arm of Pitbulls for 22) at buxleysbattalion.org. Veterans and their families can reach out to Buxley’s Battalion or Pitbulls for 22 to access the programs they are building to help veterans engage back into civilian life and to request a dog.


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