RENO, NV - Some estimates show one in 8 soldiers are reporting symptoms like flashback, nightmares, and feelings of detachment. Sometimes man’s best friend is called in to help.
If you came by Pickett Park Thursday morning, you may have seen a temporary fence holding five interesting looking dogs.
Called Borzoi or Russian Wolf Hounds they are on their way to Las Vegas to help some very needy vets.
“They have a mellow kind of laid back temperament. They are an independent thinker so they don't require you to so their thinking for them. They are going to decide if they are going to do it or not,” says Karen Greenhill of Rushwind Kennels.
Greenhill says she's been breeding these dogs for years, and recently received an urgent message from Operation Wolfhound saying the organization needed 200 of these kinds of dogs as therapy for returning veterans with post traumatic stress disorder.
“They will sleep with you. If you are a person who thinks they need a weapon in bed and things of that nature the dog will get in bed and then if they hear a sound they will get up check the sound, and say its OK. Then the vet soon learns he doesn't need these things in bed with him. They can put them on the dresser and put them away and the dog is the security blanket,” says Greenhill.
The dogs will be matched with veterans and the two will go through training together. But those decisions won't be made until Karen and her dogs meet with Operation Wolfhound down in Southern Nevada on Saturday.
The dogs are free to qualified vets and Bandido Charlie, a Vietnam veterans group helped cover Karen's travel costs.
The Veterans Hospital in Reno currently is not part of the program.