Dogs are smart creatures and can be taught anything. This is why they have been used as service and therapy animals for a long time now. They can make a huge impact in the lives of people with special needs or people with mental diseases like depression or anxiety. Soldiers with PTSD also greatly benefit from them, but they often have to wait for a long time to get a service dog. The veteran in this video was also waiting for his dog.

Soldiers that have come back home from war usually carry an invisible condition with them—PTSD. It’s hard to readjust into civilian life. One marine veteran from Long Island was having hard time with civilian life. He had all the scars of war, but what made matters worse that he had also lost his fiancé to a brain aneurism. Things were looking bleak for him, until he was surprised with a German Shepherd called Scarlet.

Scarlet had also been rescued from a shelter. She was given to him during an honor ceremony in the middle of a Giants game. The veteran had been waiting for over two years for a service dog. So when Scarlet walked across the field towards him, he couldn’t control his emotions. Scarlet is now the apple of his eye, and he is hopeful that her presence is going to have a positive impact in his life.

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