Dogs ease veterans' trauma at Palo Alto VA center
Joyce Park stashed this in Brain injury
Service dogs and veterans with PTSD are helping each other at the Palo Alto VA hospital.
This is awesome:
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."