Battle Buddies lends paw to combat veterans

Thanks to K9 Battle Buddies, Dusk is set to become the first pitbull service dog at Fort Stewart.

HINESVILLE, Ga. – Everyday 20 veterans commit suicide in the United States.

K9 Battle Buddies works to combat that statistic with the help of man’s best friend.

Srgt. Christ Rider completed two tours of duty in the Middle East serving in the Army. Currently he is serving as a reservist at Fort Stewart. Earlier this year Rider was officially diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Thanks to the recommendation of a fellow solider, he sought out help in the form of a four-legged companion. K9 Battle Buddies pairs rescue dogs with combat veterans. R

ider was paired with Dusk, a pit bull rescue.

While the two are still in training, Rider has already seen major improvements.

“I’m a little stressed or anxiety. I didn’t realized why he would just come up and put his nose to my ribs and I’m starting to notice the attention and I think he notices there’s something different about me,” Rider said.

Rider is grateful for Dusk and for the benefits he sees for both of them. The two have given each other a second chance on life.

For more information on K9 Battle Buddies, click here.


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