Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Introduction “There are currently over 400,000 Veterans in treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and it is estimated that with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars there is an additional 33% increase in our returning soldiers.” Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has become a severe issue for veterans returning from overseas. One of the most effective, yet unused resources given to veterans to help them cope with their disorder is specially trained dogs. These dogs help veterans with everyday life and keep them company, giving them a sense of tranquility and security. However, these dogs are extremely expensive, making it hard for veterans to obtain them. My research proposal will investigate several grey areas of these dogs. Are these dogs really the most effective way to treat PTSD? Why are these dogs not utilized as much as if they are proven to work the best? My project will also touch on if there is a less expensive way to train the dogs. This project will prove that dogs really are the best way to treat this disorder, find an answer as to why these dogs are not utilized more, and try to find a cheaper way to train these dogs. Background There are several organizations that train and sell these dogs privately to veterans suffering from Hannah 2 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “It costs PPH $20,000 to fully train a service dog that will be placed with a wounded warrior.” This means that these dogs retail for upwards of

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