A Young Vet and His Dog

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In this web exclusive video, PBS profiles 26 year old Chris Goehner, who deployed twice to Iraq as a hospital navy corpsman. He’s one of the 18 1/2 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan vets who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression since coming home.

Today, Goehner’s PTSD is under control – he can sleep through the night, he’s reduced his medications from eight to one, and he can walk through a store without the fear of a surprise sniper attack – all thanks to a Labrador-Retriever mix service dog named Pele.


Video shot and produced by Elizabeth Shell

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