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This Veteran And Service Dog Share A Very Special Bond

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When our brave men and women return home from war, they experience a litany of issues. The main problem is adjusting to civilian life. Over the course of their service, they mold their minds and bodies to be ready for battle. So, when they return to everyday life, the mental and physical obstacles they face in an attempt to regain control and normalcy can become too much to handle. Unfortunately, some veterans eventually succumb to the pain. Some choose to numb themselves with drugs or alcohol and still others ultimately choose to take their own lives. However, if these heroic humans just had a little help, anything that could serve as a loyal support system, they may be able to complete their transition to civilian life far more smoothly.

This particular veteran found himself in a predicament similar to that of his peers. Upon his return, he struggled in his everyday life. After being wounded in battle and fighting dark stages of depression, Kenny Bass realized something had to change. That’s when he met his “Battle Buddy,” his canine helper.

That name soon became the title of his foundation to help other veterans segue back into a normal lifestyle. The benefits Kenny received from his own “Battle Buddy” were so great that he decided he needed to share this with other struggling vets struggling in their own recuperation process.

According to their website, the “Battle Buddies” foundation does a number of things to help vets, including “providing highly trained psychiatric and mobility service dogs and therapy dogs to veterans of all eras suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and physical limitations at no cost. Connecting Veterans to employment opportunities within our network of Veteran-focused organizations. Building a community of peer support for Veterans and their families through programs, events, and social media.

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Source: San Francisco Globe

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