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“Words Fail To Express My Gratitude For Her.” Veteran Thankful To Be Matched With Service Dog

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US Army LTC Al had a long and varied career serving our country from 1970-2005, state-side, in Germany, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During his service, Al was a Platoon Leader, Unit Commander, Medical Evacuation Pilot and US Army Comptroller. He applied for a service dog to mitigate the effects of PTSD resulting from his service as a Medical Evacuation Pilot. Al received service dog, Aggie, a female yellow Lab, at graduation held at the Gatesville prison.

According to Al, “Aggie has a potent calming effect. She is always with me, like my shadow. She has lessened my stress and given me a greater desire to live. Words fail to express my gratitude for her.”

Photo: Patriot PAWS Service Dogs

This summer, talking with Al, he said of Aggie,

“Aggie and I are doing well. She is with me day and night. I feel her next to me at night. During the day, she is rarely more than 10 feet from me, ever ready to serve. I cannot imagine a dog who could better meet my needs and adapt to my circumstances and challenges more effectively than Aggie. She is perfect! She knows when I need help and how I feel and responds accordingly.”

Thank you for helping iHeartDogs, GreaterGood, and the benefiting organization Patriot Paws to make success stories like this possible!

20% of every item from the Pets & Vets collection will help pair veterans with shelter or service dogs through GreaterGood.org and benefiting organizations like Patriot Paws. See the whole collection in the iHeartDogs store!

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Written by Adriana Sandoval
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