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Operation Delta Dog Empowers Veteran To Heal PTSD

Marine Veteran Credits Operation Delta Dog With Helping Him
WBZ 4 News
By Katie Brace
April 7, 2018

HOLLIS, N.H. (CBS) – Just leaving the house was scary and overwhelming for Massachusetts veteran Brian Callahan – until he found Maggie.
“She’s been a life-saver,” Callahan said of his beloved service dog during an interview with WBZ-TV at his Dracut, Mass. home.

As an active duty Marine, Lance Corporal Callahan served three overseas deployments.
It costs Operation Delta Dog $25,000 to train, house and prepare each dog before they go to their new forever home with a veteran.

But the four-legged therapist costs the veteran nothing.

“It’s made it 100 times better,” said Alisha Callahan of the help that her husband’s service dog, Maggie, has given to him and their family.

Maggie is a calming force for the Marine veteran, by waking him up before a night terror and staying vigilant when they go out so he can relax.

“She’s given back my family. I get to go out with the kids,” Brian Callahan said.

The family even accomplished a trip that once seemed impossible: a trip to Disney World.
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