Today’s Star Spangled salute honors a Navy Veteran named Damian.  After 9-11, Damian made the choice to enlist and serve his country.  Damian spent 14 years with the Navy as a Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and completed three deployments to Afghanistan. It was stressful and dangerous and led to Damian developing PTSD, depression, and a traumatic brain injury.  It wasn’t until he was attending college that Damian got worse and made the decision to get a service dog.  Thanks to K9s for Warriors, a Florida organization that trains service dogs, he was introduced to Shai, and the two have been inseparable since.  Shai helped Damian engage the world again and he was so thankful that after graduation, he joined K9s for Warriors as a trainer.  Congratulations on graduating Damian and THANK YOU for your service.


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