Our brave soldiers often face life and death situations on the battlefield only to return home with new battles raging inside their minds. In the past, we as a nation had failed to help these suffering warriors, and many of them slip through the cracks to end up in terrible situations like becoming homeless, drug-addicted, or even committing suicide. Thankfully, we are learning more about conditions like depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, at this time, there is still no cure for these terrible afflictions. Thankfully, there are ways to help soldiers living with these mental illnesses, one of which involves forming a relationship between soldiers and service dogs.
In 2016, 26-year-old Peter Coukoulis, a Marine veteran who suffers from PTSD and depression, was given an extraordinary gift during the Christmas season while sitting in the Kitchen at his home in Tallahassee, Florida. As his family surrounded him, they gave him a neatly wrapped gift box. When Peter opened the lid, he found an absolutely adorable little beagle puppy inside. This hardened combat veteran began to weep deeply as he held his new best friend. The marine holds the puppy close and showers his new pup with kisses. His mom Dena said: “The puppy has already changed Peter’s life, it has made him happy after a very difficult three years.”
Word’s can’t begin to express the depth of what that man must have been feeling at that moment. The demons these soldiers must face every day makes life a constant struggle. We are so privileged to share this moment of joy with one of these brave heroes.
You can watch Peters heartwarming reaction in the video below