Man's Best Friend Is Healing Veterans : Short Wave Service dogs have long helped veterans with physical disabilities. While there have been stories about veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder being transformed by service animals, the peer-reviewed science wasn't there to back up the claims. Health reporter Stephanie O'Neill reports that's changed in recent years. Studies suggest service dogs can be effective at easing PTSD symptoms and used alongside other treatments. Now, the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act will help connect specially trained dogs to some veterans with symptoms of traumatic stress.

Read more of Stephanie's reporting: https://n.pr/32bXn8E

This reporting was done in partnership with Kaiser Health News.

Man's Best Friend Is Healing Veterans

Man's Best Friend Is Healing Veterans

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Air Force veteran Danyelle Clark-Gutierrez and her service dog, Lisa, shop for food at a grocery store. Lisa helps Clark-Gutierrez cope with post-traumatic stress disorder after she experienced military sexual trauma. Stephanie O'Neill for KHN hide caption

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Air Force veteran Danyelle Clark-Gutierrez and her service dog, Lisa, shop for food at a grocery store. Lisa helps Clark-Gutierrez cope with post-traumatic stress disorder after she experienced military sexual trauma.

Stephanie O'Neill for KHN

Service dogs have long helped veterans with physical disabilities. While there have been stories about veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder being transformed by service animals, the peer-reviewed science wasn't there to back up the claims. Health reporter Stephanie O'Neill reports that's changed in recent years. Studies suggest service dogs can be effective at easing PTSD symptoms and used alongside other treatments. Now, the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act will help connect specially trained dogs to some veterans with symptoms of traumatic stress. specially trained dogs to some veterans with symptoms of traumatic stress.

Read more of Stephanie's reporting, which was done in partnership with Kaiser Health News.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Rebecca Ramirez and Gisele Grayson, and fact-checked by Rasha Aridi. Josh Newell was the audio engineer.