PTSD Service Dogs Interrupts Soldier's Interview For A Very Important Reason

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War is sometimes necessary because we all the know that the fight for freedom isn't always peaceful. And after a war is fought we can be grateful to the men and women who risked their lives fighting for the good of their people.

However, there's more to war than just fighting because after a soldier witnesses so much death and destruction it can really have a lasting effect on his or her psyche.

Some soldiers develop PTSD  Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the greatest challenges facing soldiers today and can cause many serious symptoms, such as depression, aggressive behavior, flashbacks, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior. 

One of the soldiers suffering from this is Erick Scott. When he returned from serving overseas in the military he started showing all the symptoms of PTSD. That's when a group called K9s for Warriors stepped in to help.

This non-profit provides service dogs, like Erick's dog Gumbo, to returning service members to help them lead as normal a life as possible. The dogs are trained to notice signs of distress and respond in a way that helps lessen the distress, like distracting their warrior or nudging them awake during violent nightmares.

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