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Dutch TV spot portrays service dog guiding veteran out of a nightmare

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A new video from KNGF Geleidehonden (Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation) reveals a powerful glimpse of loss and recovery: We train dogs to guide people with a trauma out of a nightmare. The 35-second television commercial portrays a veteran reliving the atrocities of combat and the vigilant canine who helps him cope with his anguish.

We not only help people who cannot see, but also those who have seen too much.”
Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation

Service dogs are becoming increasingly recognized for their support roles as they assist veterans dealing with the effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Highly trained service dogs can ease suffering due to insomnia, anxiety attacks, and intrusions as their partners transition from military to civilian life. According to Freedom Service Dogs, a Denver-based nonprofit, specialized service dogs can help service members and veterans “find new levels of independence in their post-combat lives.”

KNGF Geleidehonden (The Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation) has been training guide dogs for visually impaired people for more than 75 years and is now expanding training operations to include canine assistance with a wide range of disabilities. Established in 1935, the organization has trained over 5,000 dogs for guide dog users in various parts of the Netherlands. They are an accredited member of the International Guide Dog Federation.

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