Sunday, July 12, 2009

Psychiatric-Service Dogs Are Trained to Help Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

Nancy Brown of and I often interview people on our BlogTalkRadio show on the subject of PTSD -- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Nancy and I are committed to helping get the word out about resources to help people suffering from PTSD.

So I was very excited to read the front-page article in the July 11th Wall Street Journal by Yochi J. Dreazen titled "Sit! Stay! Snuggle!: An Iraq Vet Finds His Dog Tuesday." And the article's subtitle: "Trained for 2 Years, Retriever Helps Mr. Montalvan Get Back on His Feet."

It's an amazing story. Here's just one paragraph:
Tuesday is with Mr. Montalvan at all hours. Taught to recognize changes in a person's breathing, perspiration or scent that can indicate an imminent panic attack, Tuesday can keep Mr. Montalvan buffered from crowds or deliver a calming nuzzle. Other dogs, typically golden retrievers, Labradors or Labrador retriever blends, are trained to wake masters from debilitating nightmares and to help patients differentiate between hallucinations and reality by barking if a real person is nearby.
Read the whole story now.

And if you want information on how to recognize the symptoms of PTSD, check out the free article at

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. She also blogs as a National Internet Business Examiner and at Operation Support Jews in the Military and Fiction Marketing, and she is the co-host of the BlogTalkRadio show Your Military Life. Her newest military-related project is the book/website project In Support of Our Troops.

Phyllis' company Miller Mosaic LLC provides internet marketing information to help people promote their brand, book or business. On July 1st the company launched the Miller Mosaic Internet Marketing Program.

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