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Soldier's Best Friend pairs vets with service dogs

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Jeremy Mayer and Chelsea Jeremy Mayer and Chelsea
PHOENIX -

Jeremy Mayer proudly served in the military for 15 years.

"Loved every moment of it..many deployments..Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo..Macedonia," he said.

The only reason Mayer left: he was forced to medically retire after he was shot in Iraq.

Now he suffers from a traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and he's deaf in his right ear.

Little did he know a rottweiler named Chelsea would be able to help him through all of it.

"She will come to me and paw at me if she knows I'm starting to get a little irritated and I'll actually use that as a reason to leave," said Mayer.

While attending Universal Technical Institute, a classmate told him about a program that pairs service dogs with veterans for free called Soldiers Best Friend.  The organization pays for the training and the vets get to reap the rewards.

"I get very irritated..large groups of people irritate me..sometimes I'll have flashbacks just sitting in the classroom, sitting in the car and she comes up and puts her head on my chest," said Mayer.

Now a UTI graduate with Chelsea by his side, Mayer is ready to go out and hunt for a job and hopes his story inspires other vets.

Soldier's Best Friend
5955 W. Peoria Ave. #6242
Glendale, AZ 85312
(480) 269-1738
soldiersbestfriend.org

 

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