Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can affect individuals who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events, including veterans. According to a report published by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2020, it is estimated that around 11-20% of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF) experience PTSD in a given year. The report also indicates that up to 30% of veterans who served in the Vietnam War were diagnosed with PTSD at some point in their lives.
There are a lot of therapy programs conducted to help vets deal with their emotional scars; ranging from conventional to animal therapy. Animal therapy usually includes the use of dogs. Recently, horses have also been brought into use. But there is a unique alternative to a medication called wolf therapy as well.
The video below gives us a glimpse into the Warriors and Wolves program. This program takes place at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in Lockwood Valley, California.
At this center, the mission is to heal vets through the help of nature. There are 40 animals housed in the facility that were rescued from terrible situations themselves. Veterans volunteer to help out and that’s how they end up making connections with the animals. Watch the video below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought!
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