Service Dog Helps Wounded Veteran Cope With PTSD


Army veteran Brad Schwarz looks over wounds on the hand of his friend... News PhotoAnimal Hospital,Army,Army Soldier,Conflict,Disability,Friendship,Hand,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Illinois,Looking,Mental Health,Military,Physical Injury,Politics,US Military,USA,Veteran,War,WoundPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesHANOVER PARK, IL - APRIL 27: Army veteran Brad Schwarz looks over wounds on the hand of his friend Marine Corps veteran Dave Leddy on April 27, 2012 in Hanover Park, Illinois. Schwarz, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), uses a service dog to help him cope with issues related to the disorder which he has dealt with since returning from a 2008 tour in Iraq. Leddy was injured while serving with the Marines in Iraq in 2006. 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. Schwarz and Leddy met while attending a Wounded Warrior event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)