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MAGNOLIA, TX (KPRC) - Veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder are finding much needed support in something that has four legs.

A Magnolia, Texas dog trainer is uniting service animals with military veterans through her work with San Antonio based "Train a Dog, Save a Warrior" or TADSAW.

TADSAW trains and unites the veterans with service animals. The dogs are constant companions that can accompany veterans at all times as they readjust to live out of the service.

"It's small steps, but together, I know he's got my back and everything is okay," said veteran Duane Perez, speaking about his dog, Brennan.

In order to become service animals, the dogs have to be trained in obedience and socialization and they have to be able to avoid distractions. Though Sarge and Brennan are still in training, the veterans said they're already making a difference.

Levon Ingram served in the Army and is going through the training with his pit bull mix, Sarge.

"It helps me with my attitude when I have Sarge with me. When I started to have a temper tantrum, or just wasn't feeling the way I should, he'd be there, tapping my foot, kind of eyeballing me," said Ingram.
 
Therese Aguilar, the owner of K-9 Heeler in Magnolia, has been training psychological service dogs for the program for about four months.

Read more at KPRC's website. http://bit.ly/18Mys4N

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