A Vietnam-era veteran from the Navy, Doug, describes his journey toward the eventual pairing with a service dog long and drawn out. He began researching service dogs over five years ago, knowing they could assist with his PTSD.

After years of additional online research, phone calls, and dead ends, he was eventually put in touch with Sam Daly, who invited him to Northfield for a meeting. Doug, who resides in Wisconsin, was initially hesitant about a siex-hour round trip. However, he also thought if he didn’t take this chance, he would be missing out on something.