Local woman helps pair puppies with veterans

(Source: WGCL)

Off a quiet, serene street in Dawsonville, Bev Beres breeds German Shepards in her home.

"We have always had German Shepards around and it's always been a dream of mine to breed them," said Beres.

So she started breeding them this year, Puppies with a Purpose, under the name Beres Haus.

"We wanted our company to have value and have meaning not just breed dogs."

For every litter of German Shepards, Beres will donate a few of them to veterans living with PTSD.

"That came about a couple years ago, a friend of ours lost their son to suicide," she explained.

The puppies will be donated in memory of Aaron Alexander Gorklo who died by suicide in July 2016.

Gorklo was in the Army National Guard and was battling depression when he took his life.

"His passion was working with veterans and veterans suffering from PTSD and so that's where K9 for Veteran Heroes was born. It was an honor to Aaron."

Puppies from the very first litter are now 10 weeks old and three of them are going to veterans. Beres is partnering with Sit-Means-Sit to train the dogs before they're given away.

"To train a service dog can be up to 25,000 so it depends upon different what the circumstances are for the veterans."

CBS46 spoke with Gorklo' mother who says her son would be honored to be part of such a good cause.

"It's a healing process for his mom and his family, as well," Beres said. "So some good is going to come out of something that was so sad."

If you know of a veteran who could use a furry friend to help cope, there is a way to nominate them to receive one of these puppies.

Visit http://www.bereshaus.com/ for more information.

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