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Nesconset nonprofit gives war vets helping paw for their physical, mental health

Nesconset nonprofit gives war vets helping paw for their physical, mental health
Seven-month-old Hercules looks like a typical puppy, save for one brown eye and the other, a striking blue. But that's where the similarities end for this Baldwin Harbor boxer. When the 47-pound ball

Bardeguez and Hercules are currently going through approximately 18 months of training through the Nesconset-based, Paws of War.Since 2014, Paws of War has provided service dogs to vets, according to its website.Paws of War can teach any breed — from a tiny Pekingese to a burly Rottweiler — the lessons necessary to become a service dog, Misseri said.The response from the 400 veterans Paws of War has helped is the clearest example of the program’s success, Misseri said.

The nonprofit trains and places service dogs with military veterans that suffer from emotional and physical effects of war, its website says." A Department of Veterans Affairs study released earlier this year found that both service and emotional support animals help alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in veterans, with more significant results in those paired with service dogs.

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