September 18, 2013
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Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe
Celestine Reid, associate minister at Belmont A.M.E. Zion Church in Worcester, is assisted by a service dog due to her hearing impairment.
A growing number of service dogs accompanying people with less-than-obvious medical conditions has sparked confrontation in some cases.
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James Glaser, a veteran from Iraq, and his service dog, Jack, a Jack Russell terrier, were turned away from an Oxford diner in August.
Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe
Kevin Lambert’s service dog, a black Lab named Ronnie, helps the Army vet control his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Because Lambert, 30, suffers mostly from wounds people can’t see, sometimes people don’t accept Ronnie’s constant presence.
Lynn Crisci, a Bostonian who suffers from PTSD after falling on stage while performing, relies on service dog Lil Stinker to keep her calm.
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