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For military veterans suffering from PTSD, are service dogs good therapy?

from The Washington Post

Every month, a new cycle of training begins with yet another class of veterans in a program run by the northern Florida K9s for Warriors . The seven-year-old nonprofit is one of dozens of private organizations that offer "psychiatric service" dogs to address the military's mental health crisis — enabling desperate vets to function in society, proponents say. Yet, even as success stories allow these groups to briskly expand their work, their approach faces growing scrutiny from researchers and debate among veterans groups, politicians and the Department of Veterans Affairs. At issue is whether the dogs truly help, what they should be trained to do and who should pay for them. more


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