Posts tagged "PTSD"

Service Dogs Help Soldiers with PTSD

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U.S. Veterans Administration estimates that 400,000 ex-soldiers are currently being treated for post traumatic stress disorder syndrome with the numbers climbing daily. It’s not a made-up dysfunction – the VA certainly admits PTSD exists. And those numbers don’t count thousands more with traumatic brain injuries. The rate of divorces, substance abuse and unemployment among veterans with PTSD... Read more »

Pets For Vets: Supporting Veterans and Dogs, A Match in Heaven

I was proud to be a part of this event - anytime you bring pets and vets together, it makes sense....saving lives in more than one way
Pets for Vets is a co-op effort of several organizations including Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s Comptroller Critters Adoption Program and the Anti Cruelty Society to pair U.S, military veterans with wonderful companions. The event kicked off on October 27 with a special day-long adoption event for veterans at Anti Cruelty underwritten by Fifth Third... Read more »

Service Dogs Help Veterans: But Our Government Isn't Helping

Service Dogs Help Veterans: But Our Government Isn't Helping
Chris Maddeford was in an Army convoy that was attacked with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. He was blown from his vehicle and sustained permanent, back and hip injuries in January 2003. Now living in Chicago, this Army veteran is getting help form a new friend with four legs – AJ, a Labrador... Read more »
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Service Dogs for Veterans, Dr. Karen Overall

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Service dogs can do great things for people, from guide dogs to dogs that detect seizures. Dogs can also help our record number of returning veterans with post traumatic stress disorder syndrome. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall, who has worked with the military, discusses this topic. Type your email address in the box and click... Read more »

Bo Inspects White House Holiday Decorations

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The White House does look beautiful at Christmas, as ‘First Dog’ Bo offers a tour for himself, and we go along. However, I have several questions: - With all the problems of the world, why is a White House staff member taking time to record this video? You’d think there are more important things to... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

WGN Petcast: Getting Wild with Gorillas, Renting with Pets, Service Dogs for PTSD Veterans

WGN Petcast: Getting Wild with Gorillas, Renting with Pets, Service Dogs for PTSD Veterans
Listen HERE (may take a moment to load) to this adventurous WGN Radio Petcast…. Just returned from Africa trekking the Virunga volcanoes in Rwanda to see mountain gorillas. What was that like? Hacking our way through forest, we’d reach the gorillas, and often times as we observed they’d come within inches. In one case, my... Read more »

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 »
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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 »
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