Combat veterans helped by service dogs
Thousands of veterans have returned from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Nightmares or flashbacks, angry outbursts, and hyper vigilance are common symptoms. In addition, many veterans also have to learn to live with physical injuries. A Des Moines-based not-for-profit called Paws & Effect is helping some Iowa veterans live better lives by training and placing psychiatric service and mobility dogs. In this encore presentation of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with combat veteran Wade Baker and the organization’s executive director Nicole Shumate. We'll also meet Honor, one of the four-legged graduates of Paws & Effect.