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Video – PTSD And Service Dogs

I found this video in an article about the drastic changes Ft Bliss is enacting regarding Service Dogs. These changes are going to affect many military members with PTSD and TBI.

See the article here.

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  • Carol Mitchell

    I just couldn’t read the article that accompanies this video without speaking out. The author, Nancy Houser, complains that the Army is implementing higher and stricter standards and processing for getting a service dog including involving health care providers, chain of command and dog trainers – isn’t that what SHOULD happen when getting a medical intervention as complicated and important as a service dog? Shouldn’t the process to qualify for and receive a psychiatric service dog take months and not weeks? Kicking soldiers off base, taking away their housing allowance and forcing dogs to stay in locked cars is wrong and criminal- no question about that, but it seems that higher standards are necessary. Maybe that child in Kentucky would be alive today if that dog and his handler had been properly vetted and trained. Why would a psychiatric service dog be outside with a child and without his handler? Jeff doesn’t like having TAZIE out of his sight – isn’t the whole point of a psychiatric service dog to be the constant companion of their person? I certainly don’t want to lay blame on the veteran, he’s dealing with enough with PTSD and now this awful tragedy, but it was preventable. Nobody is more acutely aware of what miracles service dogs can provide to someone suffering from PTSD than our family, but allowing a dog with a couple of weeks of training to wear a vest and be called a service dog hurts paws4vets’ efforts to provide properly trained service dogs to properly trained veterans. You can’t just give a dog to somebody with PTSD and assume that all will be good – there must be after placement follow up and support. I fear that paws4vets mission is being undermined by service dog providers whose standards are not high enough; however noble their intentions. Jeff could have given up and gotten a dog from another provider, but even when things were so bad after losing CAROLINE, he recognized that paws4vets is different, and even though it took much longer and was often a painful process, it was necessary for him to make the life saving connection that he has with TAZIE.

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  • AshleyS

    Carol, you make a very good point. Maintaining very high standers for attaining a service dogs keeps the integrity of the process intact. The safety of the both the dogs and the Soldiers have to be considered. Not everyone with PTSD will be able to take care of a dog, and not any dog will be able to perform the tasks a person with PTSD will need. The placement follow up and support system that paws4people provide seems imperative to the success of the handler/dog pair.

    The part of this article that bothers me the most is that a Solder’s chain of command has anything to do with his or her medical treatment. You don’t need a note from your commander to get a cast for a broken leg or stitches for a cut. Why would your chain of command need to get involved with any medical treatment, including determining whether you are eligible to get a service dog? I would guess that most officers in anyone’s chain of command is not qualified to make such a determination.

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  • Kelsey Puliafico

    This was an interesting video. I’m always glad to see people benefiting from having a service dog, but the point that everyone has been making is a good one- service dogs should be held to high standards in order to receive their certification. I think it is important that the dogs are trained to be the best they can for their handlers, which is why I think so highly of the paws4people programs. Their mission and training techniques clearly show their dedication to this exact ideal. It’s unfortunate that events occur like that with the child in Kentucky, but as Carol said, maybe with proper training such things won’t happen in the future!

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  • Austin T

    This video shows the truths behind non-physical scarring or wounds. I will never understand what our veterans go through, but I am truly appreciative for their service and understanding of what it is like to come back to the states, not being able to reintegrate into the community like they desire. These Assistance Dogs are becoming more and more prevalent and it is obvious how effective they are.

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