Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dogs Are Making A Difference for Veterans

Dogs are perceived as completely nonjudgemental and therefore are incredible stress reducers.  Research shows that people who are facing a stressful situation or coming out of a traumatic combat event have lower heart rates, blood pressure and anxiety levels when they are with a dog.

Now NBC News has aired a wonderful story about an 89-year-old U.S. veteran who has raised millions of dollars to train dogs to help the more than 40,000 service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan make the transition to civilian life.  Please click on this link and watch the story (the puppies are too cute!):