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Canine Connection

College Park, MD – A UMD researcher and his students study whether bonding with dogs can heal the invisible scars of war and strengthen families of military veterans with PTSD. Read the full article.

Is Training Service Dogs a Potential PTSD Therapy?

Bethesda, MD (HDSIAC) — Approximately 7-8% of Americans are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lifetimes. Military personnel exposed to trauma are at a particularly high risk for developing PTSD; out of Afghanistan/Iraq Veterans alone, about 11-20% of these Veterans have PTSD in any given year*. Read the article here.

Warrior Canine Connection Graduation 2015

Germantown, MD (Montgomery County Council) — The Warrior Canine Connection has a mission of helping and healing our veterans who have returned from war. In this segment, we recap the organization’s recent graduation of 14 service dogs. Watch the graduation video.

Soldier’s best friend: Wounded Vet finds healing — and a best man — through Warrior Canine Connection

New York (Today.com) — When Justin Lansford returned from Afghanistan in the spring of 2012, the last thing on his mind was getting a dog. He’d just been blown up and crushed by a vehicle while serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Read the story here.   

University of Maryland professor to study service dog therapy for PTSD

College Park, MD (The Diamondback) — The burst of happiness one might get when looking at a picture of a puppy isn’t uncommon. Looking at pictures of dogs is biologically proven to reduce stress, as the hormone oxytocin is released in the body.  And a professor at this university is taking a closer look at the […]