Saturday, April 2, 2016

Desert Storm Veteran and Dog Healed By Community

Veteran's beloved service dog breaks leg, community steps in to help
5-month-old puppy hurt playing outside needs surgery

By Tammy Mutasa
Published Apr 01, 2016

“I don’t look at it as trying to help Jim or help a veteran. They don’t need our help. To me, it’s repay the debt that’s never going to able to be repaid.” Curt Edwards
CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio —A service dog which has been helping a local veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is the one that needs help now.

Five-month-old Apollo has changed veteran Jim's life forever; he has never left Jim's side since they've been together for the last three months.

“He's my best friend, there ain't no doubt about it,” veteran Jim said.

Jim is an Army 82nd Airborne Division Veteran from Desert Storm battling PTSD.

“He's everything, I don't really have no friends. I don't hang out with nobody. I'm a homebody. It's just me and him,” Jim said. “He's just there for me, you know what I mean, no matter. If I've had super bad day or if I feel bad, just don't feel like talking, seeing, opening my blinds, he's here for me.”

“In the past few months we've seen him with Apollo, we've just seen Apollo change his life,” said family friend Curt Edwards.

The community said it’s coming together to help heal a dog who healed a friend who has sacrificed so much.

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