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According to the Time Magazine online article "Bringing Dogs to Heal: Care for Veterans with PTSD" by Mark Thompson, some 40,000 troops have been physically wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, but 10 times as many exhibit symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Amid many high-tech treatments that are emerging to treat PTSD (such as hyperbaric oxygen chambers and virtual-reality exposure therapy), the use of service dogs may be a promising alternative treatment, providing friendly, healing support.
Interested in learning more? Read the full online article and watch the related video, "How Dogs Help Veterans Cope with PTSD".