Pet therapy is becoming more and more popular as a way for people with certain illnesses.
And one local non-profit "Brothers and Sisters in Arms" is providing a way for military veterans to own a service dog.
It's all part of an effort to help vets suffering from post-traumatic-stress-disorder and traumatic brain injuries.
All the dogs are rescued from local animal shelters, and are set up with a veteran who works with the dogs one-on-one..learning how to train and build a relationship. The dogs are recognized as "service dogs" and treated like seeing-eye dogs.
One trainer says the canine relationship helps the veteran gain confidence and help alleviate stress and anxiety.
Phillip Ruddock: "Once you build that trust in the dog, you know he's going to watch your back. You can't stay angry when you're petting a dog."
For more information on how to qualify for this program..you can check out their website at www.brotherandsisterptsddogs.org.
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