Specially trained service dogs are proving to be invaluable to the veterans they assist. The dogs, once trained, can help veterans with physical disabilities and mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Justin Madore, a North Carolina resident, describes the effects his service dog Cody has had on his life, sharing that his PTSD kept him housebound for five years.  Now, “I can go to the store on my own, I can go and pick up my kids from school and take my daughter to gymnastics,” Madore said, and “It’s all due to Cody.”  There are many organizations nationally and in North Carolina that train service dogs to assist Veterans. One of these organizations, Wags 4 Tags will present at the December Focus meeting.

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