Therapy dogs help heal injured service members

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by KVUE News

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Posted on November 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 12:41 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Service animals are helping injured service members transition into a new life.

Jeremy Young was shot 12 times serving in the U.S. Military. He's among the soldiers being treated at a VA Hospital in San Antonio.

Therapy dogs at the polytrauma center help the wounded warriors mentally and emotionally as they're being treated for their physical injuries.

Another of those men is Jordan Cisco. Cisco was injured by an improvised explosive device.

"It was just amazing. She just came right up to me and just started licking my face. You know, it might have been something good that I ate for lunch or something but they don't care that I don't have any legs or I don't have a left arm, you know?"  Cisco said

Two specially-trained dogs are now on the job at the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital's polytrauma center.

One of them is also an amputee, having lost a leg in a traffic accident.

 

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