In 2005, Randy was serving as a combat-medic in Iraq, when his unit was hit with an IED (improvised explosive device – an explosive device often used in unconventional warfare). This event haunted Randy and contributed to his Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he returned to civilian life.
Back in the U.S., Randy had constant thoughts of suicide and “felt like a prisoner in [his] own home.”
That was, until he got Captain, a service dog that was paired with Randy as part of the K9s for Warriors program.
Randy compares Captain to his unit in Iraq: “just like my battle buddies were my eyes and ears in Iraq, you are my eyes and ears in the states,” he says in the video.
Captain helps Randy with mobility, anxiety, and nightmares, in addition to being a joy for his children and family.
“I have an amazing life now, because of you. You saved my life man,” Randy says.
See Randy read the heartwarming letter to Captain in the video on the next page: