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To Be of Service (2019)

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TO BE OF SERVICE explores the remarkable life changes resulting from the introduction of trained service dogs into the lives of military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many veterans' experience of returning home is wrought with depression and a wrenching disconnect from the world they once knew. Family, old friends and jobs seem foreign and the newly returned men and women struggle to function and return to a normal civilian life. Often the meds and therapy provided by the VA hasn't helped these veterans imprisoned by the wounds of trauma, and they suffer trying to handle even the most mundane of daily tasks. Then, for the lucky ones who are paired with a service dog, the unconditional love and support offered by these highly trained canines become the bedrock for them to re-engage with the outside world and to learn to feel again. In addition to providing constant companionship, these dogs help veterans navigate their fears. They help them sleep without night terrors, they support them as they face their daily challenges, and, over time, they restore their ability to feel safe, to be independent, to trust and to love again.

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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

More specifics about the dogs' training, care and the costs involved would have been a plus. Otherwise, it's a stirring portrait of war, duty, sacrifice and the love of a good dog.

November 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Though "To Be of Service" skips over specifics, the big picture is clear, and its overriding point well made: These dogs are saving the lives of those who've sacrificed so much.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Raw, honest documentary gets real about post-war trauma.

November 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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