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By Jeff Pack

K9 Guardians working to better the lives of American service veterans


Last updated 10/5/2018 at 1:24am


Leisa Tilley-Grajek is the founder, owner and trainer of K9 Guardians, a nonprofit based in Fallbrook, which provides service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries.

According to Leisa Tilley-Grajek, as many as 30 percent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome or traumatic brain injury.

Worse, Tilley-Grajek said, an average of 22 veterans commit suicide each day in the United States.

Her lifelong love of German Shepherds – she likes to say she "was born into a pack" – and her hobby as a breeder of the animals led her to form the veteran-supporting K9 Guardians a little more than four years ago.

The Fallbrook-based nonprofit organization, which mostly consists of Tilley-Grajek and volunteers from th...

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