Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Iraq Veteran Marine with PTSD Service Dog, home destroyed by fire

Local veteran with PTSD comes home to find house completely destroyed in fire 
First Coast News 
Author: Jeanne Blaylock 
June 11, 2018
A local combat veteran in Starke lost his entire home in a large fire. He's devastated by the loss and Jeannie Blaylock has information on how you can help.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "I feel like I've suffered enough in my life." Local combat veteran Chris Langston is one tough guy. A weightlifter. A combat veteran who served in the U.S. Marines.

But -- through tears -- he is telling about a phone call he got a few days ago. "I got woke up to a call saying my house was on fire. When I got here, it was gone."

Langston lives in Starke in Bradford County, Florida. He got home from Iraq 14 years ago. He'd seen his "best friend in the world" attacked and killed by a sniper. "It was complete devastation," he said. "Snipers don't play around too much."

It's given him nightmares and survivor's guilt. And PTSD.

But he was getting his life on track. His PTSD was getting much more manageable. He credits K9s for Warriors for a major part of that.

Langston is a graduate of K9s for Warriors, and his service dog, Kup, is right by his side. But even Kup can't smooth over the fact that Langston finds himself homeless now.

"I think this hurts the most," he said as he walks to a charred pile of some sort of fabric. A closer look shows some small red stripes of piping and a metal pin covered in an ashen hue. read more here