Unbreakable Bond: Marine Reunites With Military Dog
Its no secret animal-assisted therapy can help veterans with physical or mental health challenges. So imagine the joy a marine felt when he was reunited – years later – with a dog who had been by his side during a seven month tour in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Andrew Harmon and a military Labrador named Rebel were separated when Harmon returned home from his tour. That is until fate intervened.
Rebel was injured in an explosion and was sent to live with a family in North Carolina. However Rebels injuries were going to require expensive surgery that his new family could not afford. As a result, his owners reached out to Harmon, sparking the long-awaited reunion.
Reunited and it Feels So Good!
In an interview, Harmon said while hes had numerous dogs, hes never felt a bond like the one he feels towards Rebel. Simply put, Harmon says his prayers have been answered. Rebel now has the love of a new family which includes Harmons one-year-old daughter and a new sibling – a Labradoodle.
As one veteran reflected, theres something special about a dog that has worked its entire life in service of our country.
Veterans who are either blind or visually impaired may benefit from a guide dog. Guide dogs help veterans navigate and alert their owners to potential obstacles near them. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides disabled veterans with guide or service dogs.
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