Veterans Affairs is launching a pilot project in Canada to study how service dogs help vets with PTSD, reports Sophia Harris for CBC News.
Service dogs are very helpful in healing veterans suffering from PTSD, Harris writes.
With the help of volunteers and donations, many organizations and non-profits are providing the service dogs to these veterans for free. The federal government covers dog care expenses for former soldiers with physical disabilities but not for those with PTSD, Harris reports.
This could change, though, because Veterans Affairs told CBC news in an email that they are, “currently recruiting up to 30 former soldiers with PTSD for a pilot project to help it ‘better understand the short to long-term impact of a service dog.’”
The pilot project is expected to end in late 2017.