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Amazing Pet Expo featuring 'medical working team' of veterans and service dogs

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- When veterans return home from active duty, it can take time to get adjusted to civilian life and endure the side effects of combat, like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One way a veteran can deal with the effects of PTSD is by having a service dogs. 

Service dogs are trained to help with medical assistance, be part of a veteran's coping mechanism, or just be a helpful companion. 

Lon Hodge, a veteran himself, is an advocate for service dogs. Lodge said it is important not to view a veteran and their dog as individuals, but as a team. 

"How important it is to view us as a medical working team and not impede progress for a lot of these guys who are coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq who desperately need integration back into society," Hodge said. 

The St. Charles Convention Center will be hosting the Amazing Pet Expo Nov. 14 - 15 and visitors will have a chance to meet service dogs. 

For more information on the Amazing Pet Expo, you can visit their website here. 

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