Service dogs are helping war veterans cope with a wide range of ailments including post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, diabetes and immobility.
Gene Eagen served in the Vietnam War and then served in The National Guard. His experiences in the war caused him to have post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and about three years ago he even developed diabetes. After visiting the VA hospital Gene was told he might want to try using a service dog. His service dog Donna K now goes everywhere with him, and has become a true companion. Gene says she helps him. She'll let him know when his sugar is high or low, and she even alerts him if there's a seizure coming.
According to Gene, Donna K will jump on him when his sugar gets too low telling him that he's in danger. He says she won't stop until he actually tests his blood sugar. She also helps him socialize, something he says he couldn't do much of before Donna K came into his life.
Dogs provided to veterans at not cost by the America's Vet Dogs based in Smithtown, Long Island go through extensive obedience training.
If you would like more information on America's Vet Dogs visit www.vetdogs.org or call 631-930-9090.