When U.S. Navy hospital corpsman Marshall Peters returned from a tour of duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2010, he couldn’t sleep. He felt depressed and anxious, and hated being around crowds or loud noises.
Like many veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, Peters was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Then, he started working with Lundy, a golden retriever he named after his former roommate who was killed in action.
Through the nonprofit organization Warrior Canine Connection, Peters and other veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other health problems started training service dogs for other disabled veterans.
The soldiers report that the dog training helped ease their symptoms and made it easier to readapt to society.
“I found myself no longer relying on the antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds or medication for sleep that I was taking before to ‘treat’ my PTSD, depression and insomnia,” said Peters, who was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2012.
“I didn’t know at the time that what I was doing with the therapy dogs was therapy for myself at well.”
Continue reading at…via Tanya Lewis – Live Science.