Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Human Resource Education and Workforce Development
As the result of multiple psychological conditions that are inflicted by war, the need for veterans’ well-being is ever evident. “PTSD changes the body’s response to stress, often making it difficult for PTSD victims to live their lives as they normally would” (Stokes, 2013, p. 1). It is possible to touch individuals who do not react to traditional therapy with a different type of therapy. It is recommended that veterans besieged with these same symptoms could benefit from therapy with animals. Renson (2010) concluded that animals have delivered numerous benefits to people using therapy. The benefits that animals offer in helping veterans break down the walls that are built from wartime experiences are astounding (Alers & Simpson, 2012). Renson (2010) noted that levels of loneliness and depression decreased, while levels of trust increased from Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT).
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Banner, Thomas Frederick, "An Examination of the Lived Experiences of United States Military Veterans who have been Diagnosed with Psychological Inflictions of War who have Utilized Equine Assisted Therapy" (2016). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 1186.
Bunch, J. C.