Tony Swett returned from his tour in Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder PTSD. He struggled for a while, and finally just about gave up. It was a dog that changed his life.
PTSD is a hard condition to live with. There are many people who don’t believe it’s real. Tony hid it from his friends and family because he was embarrassed and feared they wouldn’t understand.
But the condition is real. There are over 20 veterans that commit suicide every day due to this condition, and Tony himself was also seriously considering it. He said he was “done.”
Cooper, his wife’s Doberman, was the dog that changed his life around. When tony and Cooper first met, they didn’t get along. They were actually looking to give him away to another family.
But then tony met another veteran who had a dog to help him with his PTSD, he decided to give Cooper another chance. So they enrolled in training with an organization called Service Dogs for Veterans.
Once, during one of Tony’s dark days, the dog came up to him and simply laid his down on Tony’s lap. It was almost like the dog could sense that was exactly what Tony needed.
That’s when Tony knew this was right – it was exactly what he needed. They attended the service dog training together, and have become very close. Their bond just grows stronger every day.
And that’s how they ended up working at Lowe’s.
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