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May 6th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

The pivotal role of military service dogs

Luis Carlos Montalvan, former U.S. Army Captain and author of, "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him" speaks with CNN's American Morning about how essential military dogs are on the battleground and off. Tuesday even shows us exactly how.

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  1. Kira Pilat

    As a health care professional who works closely with service dogs, I was so happy to see the story of Tuesday and Captain Montalvan. What a great story, and what a great way to raise awareness that service dogs are wonderful to help people rehabilitate after the onset of PTSD. I was however at one point very disappointed with the reporters. On the television interview the reporterss asked Captain Montalvan if he could give the dog Tuesday a command to approach them. The dog approached the women and was very affectionate with them, as he no doubt is naturally and has been trained to be. At that point, Captain Montalvan began to say what might have been one of the most important things that he wanted to teach the public, that when a PTSD service dog responds to the command "snuggle" and snuggles with his person, the snuggle can interrupt a flashback that a soldier could be having. Sadly by this point, the reporters were no longer listening to the Captain but were instead continuing to play with the dog. The poor Captian stopped talking about the flashbacks. Here was an opportunity to teach the public how valauable these dogs are, NOT ONLY FOR THEIR CUTENESS, but for the therapy, rehab and healing that they provide. Thanks to the reporters, that opportunity was missed. Please focus on the reporting, CNN.

    May 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm |