Many Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and facilities across the globe are using animals to help reduce the stress and anxiety that can come with receiving medical evaluations and treatment. Soldiers who are already on edge from coming off the battlefield with injuries or are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) take comfort in a 4-legged presence during psychological and medical sessions.
Using pet therapy, some of the branches of Red Cross in Germany have helped the U.S. soldiers take comfort in their evaluations and therapy sessions by providing a familiar scenario close to home. Many soldiers remember their own pets they left back in the states and relax more when an animal is around to provide comfort and companionship.
Stateside, other VA medical centers are looking more toward animals to help reduce anxiety and depression associated with PTSD and other mental disabilities. Therapists have noticed a reduced time for getting patients to relax and open up during sessions when they have an animal to interact with and ease some of the tension.
There are many steps being taken to help reduce stress and bring about a better patient-clinic rapport in VA hospitals. Obtaining quality care for disabling conditions is a necessity for many disabled veterans with serious conditions or injuries. By applying for and being approved to receive veterans disability benefits, you can access many of these resources for your own health and well being.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.