While there's good evidence that dogs can help military veterans overcome Post-Traumatic Stess Disorder, new research is revealing that our Military Working Dogs can also suffer from the disorder.
Military Working Dogs are highly trained service members, with rank, used in patrol, drug and explosive detection, and specialized mission functions in combat zones. These four-legged heroes who unquestionably save lives and assist on even the highest-level missions, such as the one executed by Navy SEALs Team Six to kill Osama Bin Laden--that would be Cairo, meet him here and here--are vital to military operations. And like their human counterparts, MWDs can feel the effects of PTSD after returning stateside.
A new U.S. Army video examines the situation, which you can watch here:
More on Military Working Dogs:
For a history of service by MWDs since World War I, click here.
For information on adopting a retired Military Working Dog, click here.
For information on the in-the-works National Military Working Dogs Teams National Monument, click here.
For video of a DOD Military Working Dog competition, click here.