Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Veteran combat medic, battled cancer and PTSD but puppy made him cry

Army Dad With PTSD Breaks Down in Tears as He's Surprised With Service Dog
Inside Edition
August 7, 2018

A Texas dad suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder was moved to tears when his family surprised him with a service dog.
Rudy Pena, of Amarillo, couldn’t believe his eyes as he read a letter his kids Aubrie, Trever and Adrian presented him, explaining that they were giving him a service dog to help combat his night terrors and depression.

“I’m very lucky to have a family that cares and loves me enough to find him for me,” he told T and T Creative.

Pena has been an Army Combat Medic for the last 10 years, doing two deployments in Iraq before he was diagnosed with cancer.

He has been battling PTSD since returning from service.

“We’ve tried everything possible but as most veterans know, there is no cure and memories never go away," his wife Samantha said. “He has seen his brothers die in his arms and the memories haunt him."
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