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Service Dogs To Help US Veterans Suffering From PTSD

The veterans suffering from PTSD can witness relief in their symptoms with the help of service dogs by their side. 

September 26, 2023

Nearly 3.5 Million U.S. veterans are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The research shows that trained service dogs can be extremely beneficial in easing out the PTSD symptoms among U.S. veterans but the number of veterans requiring help is more compared to the number of dogs available. 

Only about 1% of the U.S. veterans requiring the assistance of these dogs manage to get one because of the time and cost involved in training these dogs. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act thinks that service dogs should be capable enough to perform a medical task. These dogs are trained so that they can bring attention to anxiety symptoms, provide compression therapy, and interrupt night terrors. 

Besides this, the service dogs also remind the veterans to take their medications on time and retrieve a cell phone in times of emergency. 

Consequently, the veterans can sleep better, remain less absent from work, and be able to reduce their medications. The program is trying its best to raise more money to train more PTSD service dogs and help more and more U.S. veterans.

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Menino Holly. “Service dogs help US veterans with PTSD, but demand outweighs supply”. Komo News, September 21, 2023,


Last Updated: September 20, 2021