A growing number of veterans are acquiring service dogs to help cope with PTSD. But the VA won’t pay for them and says their effectiveness hasn’t been…
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“Keyser is among hundreds of U.S. veterans who are working with service dogs to help relieve symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. At the Ronkonkoma, N.Y. veterans home where Keyser lives, Artemis hangs close to him, watching him carefully with her amber-colored eyes.
When the pair leave home, Artemis gets behind Keyser and blocks him from people who might startle him.
“If the service dog helps me stay in public places around people, that means I can get the help I need,” said Keyser, who said he was too anxious to attend treatment sessions until Artemis began going with him.”