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|03-24-2011, 04:03 PM||#1|
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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Seattle, WA
[News] Service Dogs Provide Solace, Comfort to Veterans Back from War
Call them "the dogs of war." Happy and goofy labs, setters and more are helping veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan deal with the difficult transition to life at home.
But the problem is, there aren't nearly enough of them.
Returning soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or post-traumatic stress (PTS) often suffer from paranoia, hallucinations, or violent episodes depending on the nature of their injuries. Some research shows service dogs can reduce those symptoms by up to 86 percent.
"Dogs trained to deal with PTS and TBI are taught to prevent strangers from coming too close. By positioning themselves in front of their partners, they prevent people from getting into their personal space," said Amee Gilbert of Canines and Heroes for Independence. "Dogs are often trained to watch. This takes the place of the soldier having to watch his back which is a common urge that many combat veterans share."
The dogs also provide reality checks for visual and auditory hallucinations. A veteran recently reported that while spending a quiet evening at home, he suddenly felt a strange person standing close to him. He looked down at his dog who was asleep at his feet and realized that no one could possibly be there without the dog reacting, according to Gilbert.
“We return from war but our minds do not,” Marine veteran Evan John wrote when he was asked why he wanted a service dog. Evan was recently matched with a dog that wakes him from his nightmares and nudges him when he is having a panic attack to remind him to relax.
Canines and Heroes for Independence, along with Brigadoon Youth & Service Dog Programs are holding a fundraiser Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Great American Casino in Lakewood. Their goal is to raise $200,000 this year, enabling them to match 10 veterans/service members with a service dog specifically trained to their needs, free of charge.
"We believe that the sacrifices they have made are enough. It is our goal to minimize the stress they endure everyday and to help them become independent," said Gilbert.
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Service dogs provide solace, comfort to veterans back from war | KING5.com | Seattle Area Local News
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|03-26-2011, 03:20 PM||#3|
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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Hanford, CA
A service dog provides enormous relief to those who especially need them. I have one , and know first hand experience how important it is to have a service dog . Not only to Vetrans , but to all who need them , and have them.
"No matter how little money & how few possessions, you own, having a dog makes you rich."
|04-01-2011, 03:17 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ladson, SC, USA
I work at one of the military Brigs (prisons) which train these dogs and I must say the are amazing. The training is great, these dogs do everything from pulling the pillow from under your head when your alarm clock goes off to putting clothes in the wash and turning it on. The first training that I witness I was so amazed. These dogs are trained to do everything as well as tailored to fit it's owner and the owner goes through training to ensure they are using the commands that the dogs have learned over the years...
A program that is great!!
|04-04-2011, 09:50 AM||#5|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Houston, Tx. U.S.A.
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Thank you so much for sharing that with us...
A reminder of how proud I am of our Military Service Personnel,
and the Dogs that serve them.
Have a good Day
(A Proud Veteran - U.S. Army)
Dogs know that you love them, weather you own them or not
Mbrs of YT Teapot Club: SNEAKERS since Apr 2011, Ichabod SOON ! RIP my darling Becca.
|04-05-2011, 03:37 PM||#6|
Donating YT 2000 Club Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Blog Entries: 2
What a wonderful program to assist our injured veterans. I think this program could have helped so many who were in the Viet Nam War and today are among many of the homeless and street people.
Scrapindee--Team Furry & the Biewers
|04-07-2011, 11:28 PM||#7|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Davis, Ca. United States
Service Dogs for veterans
|04-17-2011, 04:04 PM||#8|
Donating Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: united kingdom
How wonderful, a quote from Byron seems very fitting:
"The poor dog in life the firmest friend, the first to welcome, foremost to defend; whose honest heart is still his Masters' own, who labours, fights, lives, breaths for him alone" Byron
Look in my eyes and Deny it. No human could Love you as much I do.
(Kiki) (William) (Ella-Mae)
|04-26-2011, 06:34 AM||#9|
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Paris, ON, Canada
Service Dogs are great
I love the idea of service dogs and they are used for so much more than the blind now... children with autism, people in wheelchairs and now returning vets. That is so cool.