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Service Dogs Aid Wounded Veterans (photo)

Epoch Times Staff Created: June 28, 2012 Last Updated: June 28, 2012
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Army veteran Brad Schwarz drives his service dog Panzer to be seen for a checkup at a veterinary clinic in Palos Hills, Ill., in May. Schwarz uses Panzer to help cope with issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which he has experienced since returning from a 2008 tour in Iraq. In addition to suffering from PTSD, Schwarz has memory loss related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and he must walk with a cane because of vertebrae and nerve damage in his back and legs. Ten days before he was scheduled to rotate home from a 15-month deployment in Iraq—his second—the Humvee in which he was riding was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Of the 5 soldiers riding in the vehicle, which caught fire after the explosion, Schwarz was the only one to survive. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Army veteran Brad Schwarz drives his service dog Panzer to be seen for a checkup at a veterinary clinic in Palos Hills, Ill., in May. Schwarz uses Panzer to help cope with issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which he has experienced since returning from a 2008 tour in Iraq. In addition to suffering from PTSD, Schwarz has memory loss related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and he must walk with a cane because of vertebrae and nerve damage in his back and legs. Ten days before he was scheduled to rotate home from a 15-month deployment in Iraq—his second—the Humvee in which he was riding was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Of the 5 soldiers riding in the vehicle, which caught fire after the explosion, Schwarz was the only one to survive. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)




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