Posts tagged "post traumatic stress disorder"

Pet Lovers Could Decide Presidential Election

Pet Lovers Could Decide Presidential Election
Some pundits maintain that women will decide the election because they are the greatest number of undecided voters, others say instead it’s all about the Latino vote; President Obama will get the majority but if his numbers are overwhelming he wins. I know what it’s really about – the election will be decided by pet... Read more »

Bill Leff WGN Podcast: Obama and Service Dogs; Pets on Halloween; Fixing Werewolves and More

Bill Leff WGN Podcast: Obama and Service Dogs; Pets on Halloween; Fixing Werewolves and More
I talk about a wide variety of topics with Bill Leff of WGN Radio. LISTEN HERE Bill Leff  was a problem for me….I couldn’t stop laughing….Always enjoy appearing on Bill’s show – but my stomach hurt by the time this guest shot was over. I seriously did speak about the VA’s sudden suspension of support of service... Read more »

President Obama's Got It Wrong About Support for PTSD Veterans

President Obama's Got It Wrong About Support for PTSD Veterans
I’d never have thought a humble pet columnist would be correcting the President of the United States. During the third presidential debate October 22, President Barack Obama maintained that his administration was “making sure that…our veterans are getting the care that they need when it comes to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.”... Read more »
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Press Releases on VA Ending Support of Service Dogs for Veterans Returning with PTSD

Press Releases on VA Ending Support of Service Dogs for Veterans Returning with PTSD
I wrote about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) suspending support for service dogs for returning soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder. I am not alone. Here are press releases (verbatim) from the American Humane Association and from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. These are only two examples, the experts on human/animal bond and  public... Read more »

Department of Veterans Affairs Suspends Support of Service Dogs for Soldiers with PTSD

Department of Veterans Affairs Suspends Support of Service Dogs for Soldiers with PTSD
Scientists around the world have confirmed that for some conditions a wagging tail might help more than a pharmaceutical. One such condition is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are scientific studies (though limited in number) that support the positive effects of dogs paired with veterans diagnosed with PTSD, and literally thousands of real-life anecdotal instances.... Read more »

Saluting Military Dogs

After June 1, you can vote for Hero Dogs to win Hero Dog Awards….Here are some nominees in the Military Working Dog Category (you can still nominate Hero Dogs through the end of May). Military working dogs have saved thousands of lives, as I wrote about here. These dogs have devoted their lives to our... Read more »
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War Heroes Return Home to Furry Comfort

The need for service dogs is at an all time high. It’s because more people are aware of what dogs can do, but greatly because of an influx of returning war heroes (I think anyone fighting for our country is a hero) returning with physical and mental scars. As his first action of business as... Read more »
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