Vietnam War veteran Terry has had PTSD for 40 years. Then, his wife put trained rescue dog Benny into his arms. “He’s been my best friend ever since,” says Terry. “The support, the bonding, is beyond what I even thought possible.”
Benny is trained to get his leash every morning and give Terry a look that says, “You and I are going for a walk.” “After a good walk,” says Terry, “it’s a day I’m glad to be in. It’s given me a huge reason to live and be a human being again.”
Terry says training with Benny is not just for the dog. “It’s as much for us veterans. It teaches us it’s OK to be out in public.”
Store 4275 is one of their favorite spots. “The associates ask us when we walk in the front door, ‘Is that a service dog?’ They thank us, and we go about our business,” Terry says. “We shopped at the competition until I started training at Walmart, and now we do all our shopping there. We feel welcome, and that’s a big thing for people with PTSD.”
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