GEORGETOWN, Ill. (WCIA) -- The American Legion is buying two service dogs to help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder.
These dogs are trained to help veterans by recognizing signs of trauma and anxiety, and providing emotional and physical support. In the last three months, the Legion raised thousands of dollars and Wednesday night, they presented a check to buy the two dogs.
"They pick up triggers. If a veteran crosses his arms in nervousness or is tapping his leg or reacts in some unique way to the veteran, the dog is trained to that specific veteran. It becomes a part of him actually."
Each dog costs $7,500. It takes about six months to a year of training before they can be given to the veterans.