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Dog training service helps veterans suffering from combat disorders

John Galambos has owned numerous dogs, but none was trained to have the specialized skills of his current Shih Tzu, Beau.

“I am a combat disabled veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from my service in Vietnam, and Beau is learning how to help me with emotional support,” said Galambos, of Griffith, who served in the U.S. Marines from 1965 to 1967. “For instance, when I get upset, he senses it and jumps on my lap. On the Fourth of July, with all the fireworks going off, he gave me peace of mind. It meant the world to me.”

Beau, a rescue dog, is in training to become a certified service pet through the Roselawn-based Patriots Training Service Dogs, or PTSD. The nonprofit organization was founded by Charles Sargent, of Wheatfield, who, before his death in 2016, was very active with local veterans’ groups and causes. His wife Colleen continued PTSD, which trains dogs for Northwest Indiana military veterans at no cost. Sargent and her volunteers train a variety of dog breeds on a shoestring budget of donations and fundraising efforts.

“It didn’t cost me a dime,” Galambos told me. “But too many veterans who desperately need a service dog don’t know about this program.”


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