Long Island’s daily newspaper Newsday recently posted a great video story about Wrigley, a VetDogs combat operational stress control (COSC) dog, who is about to be deployed.
During their deployments, COSC dogs accompany their handlers wherever they go and serve as icebreakers and communications links between troops and care providers. Whether in a one-on-one or group setting, members of the COSC team have reported that service members would talk to them for longer periods of time than if they were alone. One soldier said, upon meeting one of the first COSC dogs, “For a few minutes it was just me and the dog and nothing in this environment seemed to matter.” The handlers and units feel the dogs have been a very effective tool in dealing with combat stress and homefront issues.