Our troops deserve all the thanks we can possibly give them, especially during the holiday season. They bravely put their lives on the line so that we can enjoy a life of freedom. Sadly, what they go through can be very traumatic and many soldiers come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to the Mayo Clinic, “post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.” This is a real medical condition just like any physical disease. Medications and therapy can go a long way but there is always more that can be done. Studies have shown that service animals can alleviate many of PTSD’s debilitating symptoms.
This marine’s family understands that having this animal in his life will bring him great comfort and support. Once the puppy is old enough, she can start her support and therapy training. But for now, they can just work on establishing their unbreakable bond.
Did this story bring tears to your eyes too? HEY! Who’s cutting onions in here???
To learn more about about PTSD and service dogs, go to habri.org/ptsd
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