Our Vanessa Woods has written an Op-Ed for LiveScience about dogs as treatment for veterans with PTSD. She writes:
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The United States has been at war ever since. For many U.S. military personnel who return from war zones, another type of combat awaits. The Dognition citizen science project is working with veteran support groups to help veterans better understand their dogs and raise awareness about how dogs can help veterans returning from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
As the child of a veteran, I know that war transcends time and geography. I remember my father cowering on the ground during New Year’s Eve fireworks. Nights with barricades built from furniture in the bedroom. Refuge in alcohol, which was really no refuge at all. A string of failed marriages and finally, leaving us for various countries around Vietnam, his own ground zero.
Read more here: http://dognition.co/veterans-dogs