Friday, August 30, 2013

SERVICE DOG DONATED TO IRAQ VET STRUGGLING WITH EMOTIONAL DISTRESS


For over a decade, U.S. Army veteran James Mowdy has struggled with the emotional effects that come along with protecting our freedom.  Not unlike thousands of soldiers returning from war, James suffers from the many symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or after serving in Iraq. But now he has a companion to help him through it all. Guardians of Rescue to the rescue with Grazi, a 2-year-old cane corso who passed the organization's temperament test.

Judging from this photo by Shannon K. Stevens, James and Grazi are getting to know one another and getting along just fine.

“The internal wounds of war can be extremely debilitating”, said Robert Misseri, Founder of Guardians of Rescue. “The companionship, loyalty, protection and comfort of having an emotional support dog or service dog have proved amazing results.”

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs of 750,000 veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, approximately 100,000 sought mental health care. Half of those were diagnosed with PTSD. Service and comfort dogs have been proven to be 84.1% effective at treating PTSD.

Man and his new Best Friend met at Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Inc. in Port Jefferson Station, Long Island.

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