Centerville Marine veteran says his service dog changed his life

A Navy veteran on the east coast of Maryland said his life was changed forever thanks to his Puppy with a Purpose from America’s VetDogs do so much to help. Sal, a 3-year-old black Lab, isn’t just a pet or playmate for Millie, the other dog in the Sullivan family. Sal is a service dog from America’s VetDogs who plays a crucial role in Sullivan’s daily life. “Sal helps me with my post-traumatic stress disorder,” Sullivan said. Sullivan served in the Marine Corps for six years, serving in Iraq in 2005. Now a Premiere Responder in Anne Arundel County, it was during a counseling session at Veterans Affairs that he learned about the program that would lead him to Sal. ‘ Sullivan said. “I started following him and watching him get older and (watching) his training and I applied (for a dog). The most important thing is the quality of sleep, it changes. You go to bed knowing it’s going to be okay,” Sullivan said. “I think it gets you in a mindset before bed, you lay him right next to you in his bed and you go to sleep knowing it’s going to be a good night.” “I was joking about Sal somehow is like a dream catcher. There aren’t that many night terrors,” said Sullivan’s wife, Veronica. Sal also helps Paul Sullivan feel more comfortable in public. He recently testified on Capitol Hill to support America’s VetDogs and a commemorative coin honoring working dogs Being able to take Sal on a plane — or anywhere else — has turned potentially triggering situations into more tolerable, even pleasurable experiences, “Going out, being with the public, bigger crowds, things like that are so much easier. We definitely get out more and.” do more things,” Paul Sullivan said. “[There’s]a lot less stress,[he’s]friendlier, like he said. He doesn’t hate when people come up to us when we’re in a big crowd,” said Veronica Sullivan to find it in a pup whose purpose is you.” It’s a life changer, that’s all I can say, that’s the only way to explain it. It’s a life changer,” said Paul Sullivan.

A Marine veteran on the east coast of Maryland said his life was changed forever thanks to his Puppy with a Purpose from America’s VetDogs.

Paul Sullivan has a message for anyone considering getting a service dog, saying that having the right dog can help so much.

Sal, a 3-year-old black Lab, isn’t just a pet or playmate for Millie, the Sullivan family’s other dog. Sal is a service dog from America’s VetDogs who plays a crucial role in Sullivan’s daily life.

“Sal helps me with my post-traumatic stress disorder,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan served in the Marine Corps for six years, serving in Iraq in 2005. Now he’s a first responder in Anne Arundel County. During a counseling session at Veterans Affairs, he learned about the program that would take him to Sal.

“I checked America’s VetDogs and actually found Captain, the (Washington Capitals’) Puppy with a Purpose,” Sullivan said. “I started following him and watching him get older and (watching) his training and I applied (for a dog).”

Sal’s primary role is to provide comfort, and Sullivan said he was instrumental in breaking his night terrors.

“The biggest thing is the quality of sleep, it changes. You go to bed knowing it’s going to be okay,” Sullivan said. “I think it puts you in a mindset before bed, you lay him right next to you in his bed and you fall asleep knowing it’s going to be a good night.”

“I joked about Sal being something of a dream catcher. There aren’t that many night terrors,” said Sullivan’s wife, Veronica.

Sal also helps Paul Sullivan become more comfortable in public. He recently testified on Capitol Hill to support America’s VetDogs and a commemorative coin honoring working dogs.

Being able to take Sal on a plane – or wherever – has turned potentially triggering situations into more tolerable, even pleasurable experiences.

“Going out, being with the public, bigger crowds, things like that are so much easier. We’re definitely getting out there more and doing more things,” said Paul Sullivan.

“(There’s) a lot less stress, (he’s) friendlier like he said. He doesn’t hate when people come up to us when we’re in a big crowd,” said Veronica Sullivan.

Paul Sullivan said he hopes other veterans and first responders who need help might be able to find it with a pup whose assignment you are as well.

“It’s a life changer, that’s all I can say, that’s the only way to explain it. It’s a life changer,” said Paul Sullivan.

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