INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 8, 2015) - A new group wants to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder by providing them with pets. Raylan's Rangers is currently fundraising to make pet-ownership a reality for more Hoosier heroes.
Skyler Ervin said he was inspired to create the group after he noticed the difference his boxer, Raylan, made in his day to day life.
"Raylan has helped me tremendously with PTSD and depression," Ervin said.
Two friends Ervin served with showed interest in also getting dogs but they lacked the funds needed. Ervin said he realized there is a need in Indianapolis for a service to link veterans in need with animals.
"It seems like a simple idea, but a dog really can change people’s lives," Ervin said. "Just having that companion when you’re struggling with PTSD, depression, and anxiety, the dogs there to comfort you and help you get through that."
Through Raylan's Rangers, veterans are paired with a cat or dog from an area shelter. The goal is to provide veterans with basic supplies like a collar, leash and some food for their new pet.
"I think that our veterans are one of our most important assets we have and that it’s our job to give back to them once they get done serving us," Ervin said.
Currently, the group is working to raise funds in order to reach more veterans. They set up a GoFundMe page (Raylan's Rangers Go Fund Me page ).