A local organization could use some community help as it trains dogs to become canine companions for veterans.

Clear Path for Veterans members prepare dogs to become partner and service dogs for former military members. The canine program has helped dozens of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or military sexual trauma.

The director says this wouldn't be possible without the community fosters who train and raise the dogs for about 18 months.

"It brings a smile to your face and it's a very rewarding experience," said Mary Giroux, a community foster. "I would encourage anyone that has time and room in their life to foster a puppy for Clear Path. It's a very worthwhile and rewarding experience."

"This form of training and human-animal bond really helps assist veterans and their recovery and breaking out of isolation and reintegrating into society," said Ryan Woodruff, the Clear Path for Veterans canine program director. "So we do see this as a very necessary component to discharging from the military."

Visit the Clear Path For Veterans website for more information on how to get involved.