Veterans and first responders with PTSD get help from support dogs


By Marianne Martinez

Kurt Wise dedicated 15 years of his life serving in the Navy. Recently, his family urged him to seek help.

“A smell, a sign, anything can trigger an emotional breakdown, which is what happened to me,” Wise said.

Wise reached out to a Metro East organization called Got Your Six Service Dogs. It pairs veterans and first responders who have PTSD with service and therapy dogs. The Got Your Six team trains the dogs for one year, teaching basic obedience and service techniques.

At the end of the year, the dogs are matched with their new human companions. They spend several days together getting to know each other. The dogs learn to spot cues or triggers that can lead to anxiety.

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