Vets with PTSD train dogs to help comrades

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Washington Post – …one morning, “I decided to take him [my puppy] with me.” Yount was then working as a social worker, and on that particular morning he had to take a young boy from his mother’s house and drive him to new foster parents. The boy cried and cried. But halfway through the trip, the car suddenly grew quiet. “I looked in the back seat,” said Yount, “and the puppy’s head was lying on the boy’s lap.” That demonstration of canine comforting in 1995 sparked the idea for a program that is getting underway at a Veterans Affairs hospital in California and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It’s called Paws for Purple Hearts, and it is helping injured veterans and active-duty troops in two very different ways. Read article

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