Dogs Help Military Veterans Cope With Civilian Life
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By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Sept 8 (Reuters) - When retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Justin Madore has nightmares, his dog Cody is there to wake him up. "Cody gets up in my bed and starts pounding on me - it'll knock my wife right out of bed," said Madore, 37, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. "The dogs become a part of us - they know when there's something off." Cody, a 3-year-old Labradoodle, a Labrador retriever and poodle mix, has had special training. He and Madore met up at K9s for Warriors in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where the non-profit center has trained dogs for two years to help veterans who suffer from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries, said executive director Shari Duval. A U.S. Veterans Affairs report reveals that of about 830,000 veterans treated at VA medical centers over the last decade, 29 percent had a diagnosis of PTSD, and 22 percent were suffering from depression.
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