Posted 9 months ago on Aug. 21, 2012, 7:55 p.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
Military suicides occur with disturbing regularity, and the military seems all but powerless to stop it. Yet there is one program that does seem to offer some slender thread of hope.
Service dogs have been trained to respond to fear or panic, and CBS news reports at least one instance of successful intervention, by a canine:
Dogs have been provided free of charge by trainers, and some of those involved in the program report positive results in only two weeks after dog placement.
At last you say - a program that may hold promise.
Not so fast.
As of January, the military instituted new rules. Now it seems dog placement has come to a halt at four military bases, and even some current placements may be at risk.
The television spot interviewed one soldier who was on significant amounts of medication for symptomology that continued unabated - until he received one of these service animals.
So now I wanna know -
what are the odds that this change in policy is the result of pressure from the pharmaceutical industry?
the bastards ought to be shot.