Local Dog Trainer To Help Military Veterans Certify Pets For Healing

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Mon, September 10 2012 at 6:31 PM, Updated: Mon, September 10 2012 at 6:46 PM

They're often referred to as invisible wounds, and for veterans coming back from the war zone, the suffering can run deep. 
Post traumatic stress disorder is a severe anxiety disorder characterized by flashbacks, nightmares and a heightened state of alertness. Of the more than two million U.S. troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2001, it's estimated that one in five is likely to be afflicted by P.T.S.D. or major depression. Oregon is one of few states where veterans can train their own service dogs and that allows this program to exist and work and make it more affordable for the returning veteran. It's also why dog trainer, Kristi Rush came back to her native Grants pass to help veterans heal.
She has organized a meeting coming up on September 21st at the Home Away From Home Pet Spa in Grants Pass. To contact her, visit her blog page at http://bestfriendskrush.blogspot.com/

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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