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This Able Veteran ‘Closing the Gap’ with its Standards-Setting PTSD Service Dog Trauma Recovery Program
Date:5/31/2013

Carbondale, Illinois (PRWEB) May 31, 2013

On Memorial Day, we paused to remember those who have sacrificed so much for our country. But, remembering isn't enough. There is more we can do to truly thank our military personnel.

There is one organization that understands the problems and gaps veterans face, particularly those who sustain psychological injuries during service.

This Able Veteran offers a unique trauma recovery program.

This Able Veteran (TAV), a nonprofit organization founded in 2011, bridges the gap, helping veterans who aren’t receiving the recovery care they need, according to Behesha Doan, TAV president.

Located in southern Illinois, TAV gives new hope and promise to injured veterans and their families. TAV’s veteran-centric model of care assists the veteran in navigating his/her recovery journey by incorporating specially trained PTSD Service Dogs while learning life management and resilience skills that complement the veteran’s ongoing therapy.

Better understanding of PTSD

Today’s returning veterans have advantages over those returning home from previous wars resulting from advancements in research and clinical practice leading to improved treatments for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and its accompanying physiological states. PTSD, previously referred to as “shell shock” or “battle fatigue”, is now understood to include a complex mixture of physiological, psychological, behavioral and often spiritual dimensions. PTSD covers a variety of symptoms that occur after exposure to extreme trauma that may include hypervigilance, insomnia, flashbacks and inappropriate emotional responses to everyday situations.

PTSD is treatable. The fact that it is treatable, however, makes the reality of the large number of veterans who are not being effectively treated harder to bear. Often the barrier to treatment is a lack of resources, while other times a vet
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