Bringing Dogs to Heal

It has taken nearly a decade of war—and the lack of a cure for post traumatic stress disorder—to get officials to study the benefits of giving service animals to mentally ailing soldiers and veterans

Staff sergeant brad fasnacht was clearing mines on an Afghan road a year ago when an IED blast broke his spine and both ankles and put him in a two-week stupor that ended only when he woke up, 7,000 miles away, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. The explosion had knocked his helmeted head so violently, he suffered a traumatic brain injury, which exacerbates his posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although Army doctors and nurses have been able to get the 26-year-old walking…