Jorge Rodriguez and his service dog Yetti. Jorge served in the U.S. Army, 1975-1986.
Service dog and training provided by Operation Freedom Paws.

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Heal! Veterans and Their Service Dogs

“The first thing I needed to do was to get out of my comfort zone. I’m not a very sociable person, on the outside. I’m nervous about going out in public and driving on my own. Yetti reminds me that there is another world out there. When I start to become panicky or unsure, Yetti tugs on me. He’ll move my hand toward his head and wants me to pet him. If he sees I’m twitching or shaking he immediately starts to lick my hand and calls my attention to him. That reminds me where I need to be.

“[For other Vets who need help] it’s important to mention that they are not alone. One of the biggest haunts that many veterans have is thinking all this happened to them as an individual. You’re making the best of it by associating with others who have gone through the same thing and you set up a strong network for yourself.”

-Jorge Rodriguez

Heal! Veterans & Their Service Dogs

Heal! Veterans & Their Service Dogs

Heal! Veterans & Their Service Dogs

Heal! Veterans & Their Service Dogs

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