(DVD / PG / 2020 / PBS)
Overview: 'The Greatest Bond' is an inspirational documentary, highlighting the journey of disabled veterans whose lives are changed through the unconditional love of service dogs that have been trained by female prison inmates.
Join three veterans as they meet their service dog and work with the inmates in a Texas women's prison. Witness these men's transformation, as each dog expands the veteran's world and heals their hearts.
DVD Verdict: A touching and inspirational one-hour documentary special, shot in observational style, 'The Greatest Bond' is an in-depth chronicle about the high cost of war on the brave heroes and heroines who fight for our freedom.
Over the course of one hour we follow a group of disabled US veterans who are about to be given a service dog. We see their transformation as the dog expands the veteran's world and heals their hearts.
Not only do these dogs help the veterans on a very practical level, they provide constant emotional support, protection and relief from the terrors of their combat-related PTSD.
Peppered among the vulnerable and broken veteran stories, we will also experience the lighthearted joy of the puppies, the redirected lives of the female inmates and the good-natured humor of the Patriot Paws trainers.
'The Greatest Bond' centers around a service dog organization called Patriot Paws based in Dallas, Texas. Many of these traumatized men and women come to Patriot Paws in their darkest hours, as a last resort.
While the service dogs help on a fundamentally practical level, the audience will be left with the knowledge that ultimately these dogs save lives.
Simply put, the mission of Patriot Paws is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.
We learn that Patriot Paws intends to build partnerships with the state and community organizations to help develop and support this goal.
Even more incredible is the following list of just some services provided to assist disabled veterans in accomplishing daily tasks that would otherwise be difficult or impossible:
Get help in emergencies - Recognize and avert PTSD episodes - Pick up and retrieve items - Open and close doors - Pull wheelchairs - Provide bracing to stand, walk, and sit down - Help with chores, such as laundry, and amongst others, Take off shoes and socks.
Funded entirely by private donations, this 501(c)(3) organization places service dogs with veterans free of charge, nationwide. Certified by ADI. Learn much more about this incredible organization in the just-released 'The Greatest Bond' out now on DVD from PBS. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.