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Dogs ease veterans' trauma at Palo Alto VA center

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Service dogs and veterans with PTSD are helping each other at the Palo Alto VA hospital.

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Paws for Purple Hearts is touted as "veterans helping veterans," the connecting thread is the canine helper -- eager-to-please retrievers who lessen anxiety and depression in PTSD patients as they learn to become service-dog companions.

"It's like they have a sixth sense about stress," said Jon Tyson, 27, an Army veteran from North Carolina who served in Iraq, rubbing the tummy of a golden-Lab mix named Krucker. "I'm sure he knows he has a purpose, and it's to make people like us feel better. It's unconditional love. When you have a hard time loving yourself, he will love you."

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