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We're talking with the veterans who have returned from war with PT SD.
And activity you came back after having served as a senior -- I want to ask you what kind of a challenges you face what kind of issues that you have struggled with since you've come back from from war.
Well -- I was I was injured over there.
Say the main issues have been PP ST related nightmares not liking crowds in the beginning I did when I came back it was in 2007.
I'm so proud and happy for while there really did have some issues I end up being hospitalized.
But I'd say that the nightmares the crowds just that you know trying to live a normal life for us.
Who told you about that the program guardians -- rescue and and you being able to have a dog it would help well I.
-- the program coordinator for -- another PT EST program called the Joseph -- veterans peer support project.
And rob reached out on our FaceBook page and and I asked me if I wanted to be involved John and I John's been involved with the program for while John I have a history together.
And just I guess from the reach out to me so.
And I was it's a great fit with my organization -- well.
How is Harley.
Helping you to just feel comfortable in Andy's.
Well look at that face nothing -- it is.
The -- that I get down and -- that I'm I'm running in I have I have a full time job by live with my girlfriend we have.
Just three daughters so I'm just.
-- -- -- stressed -- part of the time but and and I showed -- common shall set on my lap and it's just.
It's instantly comments like it's almost like turning -- switch.
John you have Tommy and when you first got Tommy.
-- where you really.
Optimistic that Tommy was going to help change your life in and be an important part of your.
Therapy with PT EST I knew that -- -- -- when I was over there.
I had three dogs that I kind of pulled out of the pack them.
They lived on our camp.
And it helped me tremendously over there as well as the rest of the soldiers.
-- what happened to you in the war or what was it that was so.
That as you came back you couldn't just let it go.
Yeah I can I couldn't let it go it's just witnessing the human suffering.
And the war is.
You know what we we tend to assume that everybody comes back and as soon as they get back.
To their homes and their families.
Everything's okay it's not okay is no it's not the case.
It leaves it in print.
And I believe that.
On some level you Hoosier nation should know they've lost that and it's since.
And it's accepting you know I too have been hospitalized and gone too expensive PT SD treatment.
I -- the things I learned was at my life is going to be different.
And for me it's you know -- was anxiety depression.
Even drug addiction for awhile that natural cold -- with a lot of -- from fellow soldiers.
Couldn't get over.
Suicide rate among veterans who return from war it's alarmingly high does that weigh upon you absolutely.
I buried my best friend about a year ago when somebody that I served with -- took his own life.
-- Tell me how Tommy is helping you.
To have a different road ahead in your friend and I think rob described it -- -- -- Tommy knows like one -- off he knows to hold depressed mode when someone -- -- struggle with depression.
He'll -- -- -- my face you know.
Having him to the park every day to the beach.
It forces -- to get all the outdoors and to kind of challenge some of my own died.
Lot of people struggle with with anger just repressed feelings of frustration.
Sub educate -- to to a different place.
A -- -- not get there.
-- hard to anger but once I am it's.
You know around them and -- -- I apologize that's okay.
Most people slept through a lot of this time.
I'm I'm totally used to it so it's okay.
-- -- Should be able to calm down us as John just said -- -- that they're they're trained his sense to our our different moods and chilled.
Try to cheer me up as best as possible.
-- so my lap when.
More effectively than -- hopefully and down.
Don't give me kisses just try to coming down as best as possible take my mind -- that put in a different area.
Robert I'd like for every veteran and America to be able to have a dog like John and -- been able to have.
I don't think we done enough for these who have come back I feel like our country has the trade.
The trust and the trade really the honor and the service.
Of our veterans.
How do we help get dogs into the hands of every.
Returning veteran who needs that companionship -- that help.
Where they could stop it onto our web site.
Scarred as a rescue got to work and we would be happy to speak with every veteran that we could help.
You need money though don't you to get the dogs to train the dogs and prepare the -- we are a all.
And we can't survive -- any money.
It's -- and John thank you for being so candid and honest for your stories and Robert.
God bless you for what you doing for all of our veterans thank thank.
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