Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is prevalent among U.S. military veterans. Justin Madore, a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, was experiencing nightmares as he had PTSD.
Madore, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said that PTSD had kept him indoors for five years. He was anxious, so it kept him housebound. Fortunately, Madore met Cody, a service dog who aided him as he transitioned to civilian life.
In 2013, it was reported that within the last decade, twenty-nine percent of about 830, 000 veterans who sought treatment at VA medical center, showed a twenty-two percent diagnosis of depression while twenty-nine percent suffered from PTSD.
K9s for Warriors trains dogs that assist people in need. They offer an in-house program for three weeks so individuals can meet their dogs and learn how to work with them. The dogs were trained to assist in fetching things for those with physical disabilities. The dogs were also taught to create a safe personal space for the veterans who may feel anxious or threatened in a crowd.
Madore was paired with Cody, and the rest was history. Madore said that Cody saved him when his life was spiraling down. Cody helps Madore whenever he is out in public.
Cody is an adorable Labrador Retriever and poodle mix who has had his specialized training at k9 warriors. When Madore was experiencing nightmares, Cody would immediately get up in Madore’s bed and would start pounding on him. Madore said it would knock his wife off the bed, and they would both be awake by then.
Madore said that he was able to have his life back because of Cody. He had a tattoo of him and Cody on his arm to always remind him of Cody and how he has been such a wonderful friend and family.
Source: The State