Friday, September 25, 2020

War Vets Service Dogs

Dogs are often therapeutic and helpful in the rehabilitation of war veterans.

A trip to the grocery store used to send James McQuoid into a panic. When the Iraq War veteran heard a child crying, he remembered kids screaming in Falluja. Coins jingling in the register reminded him of ammunition carried around a soldier’s neck. But Iggie calms McQuoid in public places, creating space between McQuoid and others. He also wakes McQuoid from nightmares and keeps his overall anxiety level down. “Without Iggie, I would still be in my house … probably divorced from my wife and very estranged from my son,” McQuoid said. Photo Credit: Adam Alphin, CNN

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PTSD in veterans can be eased with the help of service dogs.
PTSD in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans is often healed with the help of service dogs.

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