Author, mentor and inspirational speaker Christine Hassing was inspired to learn more about post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual assault after learning that statistics show roughly 17 military veterans die by suicide each day in the United States.
Hassing soon made another discovery about the remarkable impact service dogs play in helping veterans heal and recover from both visible and invisible wounds related to their military service.
Wanting to share their perspective, Hassing collaborated with 23 veterans and compiled their unique stories in her recently published book, “Hope Has A Cold Nose,” a collection of true tales about how service dogs make the difference for those reintegrating themselves into civilian life.
“It is my hope that the stories within this book can raise awareness about service dogs as a healing modality for those journeying with PTSD and to inspire those who are struggling to not lose their will to live," she said.
Hassing’s path intersected with a veteran and his service dog while she was earning her master’s degree. After hearing their story, she knew that she wanted to spotlight the struggles of veterans like him who are healing from trauma with the support of their furry friends.
Each chapter shares the story of a different human-canine pair as they explore their life-changing relationship.
Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.
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