In late 2009, I (Chris) was diagnosed with severe PTSD with Psychosis, Major Depressive Disorder, and a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. This combined with personal and relationship struggles caused by my untreated condition brought me, literally, to my knees. God saw fit to connect me with Shari Duval as she was establishing K9′s For Warriors. Shari’s organization trained and provided me with the first dog (Harvey) from their program. Harvey provided me with some serious emotional support as I struggled with my sickness. He used to lick the tears from my face when I was curled up under my desk crying and would sit with his back touching my heels so I always knew he had my six (I don’t understand; probably a military expression). God and the dog that K9′s provided helped me to reconnect emotionally with the world and assisted me in coming to terms with my life and future. K9′s has been busy since then and needs support to train other canines to guard and comfort my brothers who continue to return emotionally wounded.
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