Top 10 Nominees for CNN Heroes of 2012

Mary Cortani

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Although you may think that war veterans are all tough, strong, and courageous, little does people know that they also suffer from stress that had been brought by traumas acquired from the noise and violence of war. They become paranoid and everything they see and hear reminds them of a place that they wanted to escape from, in the first place, a warzone that dwells in their conscious mind. Knowing the situation of such individuals, Mary Cortani established a non-profit organization that is dedicated in training service dogs to become companions and stress relievers. Operation Freedom Paws was developed in order to free veterans from the hidden wounds of war, and live a better life with canine buddies, through cultivating feelings of safety, security, and responsibility.