Soldiers returning from deployment sometimes bring the trauma of war home with them. Being injured themselves or witnessing others injured or dying, can have lasting physical and emotional effects on our military men and women. Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can surface immediately or take years to appear. These symptoms can include sleeplessness, recurring nightmares or memories, anger, fear, feeling numb, and suicidal thoughts. These symptoms can be alleviated with medications and/or by the use ...Continue Reading →
Veterans with PTSD: Relief may be around the corner. Practically, every day one sees Veterans with PTSD coming out from under the dark clouds of depression with the support of a canine companion.
I certainly am not qualified to speculate on the benefits that a service dog provides Veterans suffering from PTSD or other mental impairments, but there does appear to be genuine love and understanding between a Veteran and ...Continue Reading →
With the expected change in the administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs (“the VA”), hope could well be on its way to provide more effective and timely treatment for the tens of thousands of Veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI.
Regardless of one’s political affiliation, the VA doesn’t seem to have a handle on treating Veterans with serious brain injury. One hopes that the “new” VA will be more open to alternative therapy provided in the private sector, rather than current ...Continue Reading →