February 14, 2017
AFTER Ryan Geddes served two terms in Afghanistan, he was left with serious post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
The 30-year-old from Newcastle says
his dog Yogi has been his lifeline.
The 30-year-old from Newcastle in NSW found a fly-in-fly-out job, but only lasted a few months, crippled by panic attacks and a phobia of leaving the house.
He says his dog is the reason he’s alive today.
“If I hadn’t met Yogi, I’d be dead by now,” he said. “He hit me once, hard enough to bleed, to get me to let go of a knife. He’s saved my life a few times.”
Ryan met his six-year-old wolfhound cross back in 2010, after his first nine months in Afghanistan, while posted in Brisbane. He returned for five more months in 2013, serving in mobility support on patrol searches for IEDs and weapons.
“When you go to war you see all these horrible things,” he said. “Then your whole idea of humanity is clouded. “It didn’t really hit me until I got out of the army.”
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