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A Des Moines nonprofit raises, trains and places service dogs typically with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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A civilian is now getting the chance to work with a service dog through Paws and Effect.

Tom Bowen was a firefighter in West Virginia who went directly to Manhattan, New York to volunteer for two months after the World Trade Center towers collapsed.

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JACKSON SPRINGS — With the war in Afghanistan winding down and defense contracts drying up, K-2 Solutions is having to find other purposes for its canine training facility.

Rodger Moore, vice president of business development, said Thursday night during the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce’s business after hours event held at the Derby facility that K-2 has begun a new endeavor — training canines to help veterans with PTSD.

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By Monica Yantosh
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PLAINVIEW, TX -- A Plainview couple is working to help other veterans train dogs to become service dogs. 

Taylor Olson was injured in 2009 while serving in the Navy. From the brain injury and PTSD, Taylor went looking for help, and ended up training his dog, Major, to be his service dog, training which took about 6 to 8 months to complete.

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By Monica Yantosh
myantosh@klbk13.tv

PLAINVIEW, TX -- A Plainview couple is working to help other veterans train dogs to become service dogs. 

Taylor Olson was injured in 2009 while serving in the Navy. From the brain injury and PTSD, Taylor went looking for help, and ended up training his dog, Major, to be his service dog, training which took about 6 to 8 months to complete.

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Prisoners and puppies might sound like an odd couple, but the two are becoming roommates in jails and prisons across the country. Wardens have implemented programs for inmates to train dogs. The hope is that the dogs will reduce the number of inmates who end up back behind bars.

Florida prison inmates will train hundreds of dogs this year.

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White Cloud resident Jason Curtis developed PTSD after serving twice in Iraq.

He and his wife, Michelle Curtis, thought a service dog would be good to help him calm down. They looked for a service dog for months last year, but couldn't find a suitable one in their area.

Then they found Diesel at the Wexford County Animal Shelter in September 2014. 

"He was a little nervous at first, but shelter dogs all, they all are," Jason said.

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Service dog attends hearing at Capitol

Molly, a service dog in training, attends a hearing at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. A researcher from Kaiser Permanente shared information during the hearing about service dogs and their impacts on the mental health of veterans with PTSD.

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John Romano 7:35 p.m. EDT October 26, 2014

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Mary Peter poses with her dog Shasta in Brookville. (Photo: AP )

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ST. PETERSBURG – He understood danger. Knew its responsibilities and rhythms. Live long enough beside it, and danger becomes routine in a soldier's world.

It was the mundane that spooked Ron Flaville.

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Hunter, a female service dog, flips a light switch at the command of her new owner, Janet Rodgerson, 32, of San Diego in 2012 at the Assistance Service Dog Educational Center in Woodlake. At right, is Gerald Whittaker who co-founded the the Assistance Service Dog Educational Center with his wife, Donna.

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10/01/2014
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Eight service dogs that trained eagerly Wednesday to perfect the art of a room search may never actually detect an intruder in real life.

But if their ability to sweep a room for strangers provides comfort to military veterans whose wartime experience left them anxious even about going into their own homes, the specialized skills being imparted to this particular cohort of Labrador retrievers may be worth it.

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