Service Dogs Help Veterans Suffering From Emotional Trauma

by Caroline Bayard
This writer is a New Yorker with wanderlust. She loves good food, music, the beach, and storytelling.

After our soldiers were so brave and risked their lives to serve our country, it breaks my heart that an estimated one out of every 10 veterans return home with serious injuries. 

What’s even more heartbreaking is that many of them will suffer with the mental and emotional effects for the rest of their lives. It’s estimated that as much as 20% of military veterans return home with debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and don’t know where or how to start to help themselves. For these brave heroes, transitioning back to civilian life doesn’t just feel difficult, it can feel impossible. 

That’s why more and more wounded warriors, like this veteran who suffered from high anxiety and recurring nightmares, are turning to man’s best friend for some help, guidance, and unconditional love.

Service dogs can help PTSD suffers help regain a sense of normalcy when they return home to a life that no longer feels familiar. In the following video, we learn of one brave Navy veteran, who turned to service dog training to help him deal with some personal issues after deployment in a war zone.

As you can see, the service dog didn’t only help give this soldier a new sense of self-worth, but his continued service in training the guide dog can help others suffering as well.

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