Dogs may comfort war veterans in condominiums.
According to The New York Times, (April 3, 2010, “For the Battle-Scarred, Comfort at Leash’s End”,) evidence is accumulating that a specially trained dog can be of great assistance to Iraq war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The dogs can minimize night terrors and suicidal thoughts, help the veterans “gauge the safety of their surroundings,” jolt a soldier from a flashback or even sense a panic attack before it starts.
Also, “because people are curious about the animal, the veteran gets an opportunity to talk about his condition and his war experiences, discussions that can contribute to recovery.”
As we have written before, condominium Boards are on the front lines of national housing policy when it comes to making condo homes available to persons with disabilities. Sometimes, that requires making a narrow exception to the rules and use restrictions of the community. As we have also noted, we need to remain open-minded when a request for exceptions is made, both to follow the law and – you never know – perhaps someday to give a disabled veteran his due.