DWAA Maxwell Medallion Winner: Reporting for Duty


*This post was originally published on March 13, 2017

Reporting for Duty: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs is a 2016 DWAA Maxwell Medallion Winner. The award was bestowed at the 2017 annual awards luncheon. The annual Dog Writers Association of America writing competition is now accepting entries for 2017! Entrants can compete for a total of $14,000 in special awards in addition to the chance to be awarded a coveted DWAA Maxwell Medallion .The competition closes September 8, 2017, learn more here.

The book explores the unique and special bond between wounded warriors—especially those suffering from PTSD—and their service dogs and discusses the vital work of therapy dogs who visit VA hospitals and military rehabilitation facilities

reporting for duty

Hardcover $29.95, Kindle $16.19, Author: Tracy J. Libby

Hundreds of thousands of military veterans seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) each year. Service dogs have been used for many years in the civilian sector to help their disabled owners perform necessary tasks in daily life; likewise, the organized use of therapy dogs to bring comfort and companionship to hospital and nursing-home patients dates back more than four decades.

Author Tracy Libby tells the true stories of disabled veterans who have been touched, assisted, and enriched by the dogs in their lives, and the new lease on life is reciprocal: many of these service and therapy dogs have been rescued from shelters and specially trained for their jobs. A portion of proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit a veterans’ service-dog organization.


  • True stories of physically and mentally disabled veterans who count on service dogs for assistance with daily tasks.
  • An explanation of PTSD and how it affects military veterans.
  • How therapy dogs and service dogs are selected and trained for their jobs.
  • Rescuing shelter dogs to train for therapy and service work.
  • How the military is training dogs to accompany soldiers on deployments.
  • A look at the bond between people and dogs and the positive effects it has on both

About the Author

Tracy Libby is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work has won multiple awards from the Dog Writers Association of America and the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers. A professional pet-care writer for over twenty years, she has written for Dog Fancy, Dog World, Puppies USA, Dogs USA, Modern Dog, and the AKC Gazette. She has been involved in the sport of dogs for nearly three decades, exhibiting her Aussies in agility, conformation, and obedience. She lives in Creswell, Oregon with her husband, five cats, and five Australian Shepherds. Reporting for Duty: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs won the 2016 DWAA Maxwell Medallion in the book category.

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Lumina Media; 1 edition (November 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620081989
ISBN-13: 978-1620081983


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