Thursday, December 5, 2013

Two year wait happily ends for service dogs

Two local veterans receive service dogs
ABC News
By Alex de Armas, Reporter
Posted: Dec 04, 2013

A local organization is providing service dogs for two war veterans for years to come. They have waited two years for tonight.

"I'm happy I can still walk," said veteran Randy Largeman.

Largeman has spent twenty years in pain.

"I can't feel a leg, but I got it. I can see it," he said.

His new treatment -- a new service dog named August.

"He hasn't been this happy. It's given him hope and something to look forward to," said Allison Largeman, Randy's wife.

Largeman was injured while serving in Iraq -- he's now had 10 back surgeries.

"This dog can actually help me put on my socks, take off my socks, which is very difficult for me if my wife isn't there," Largeman said.

After waiting for nearly two years -- he and another Iraq War veteran received service dogs tonight from a local organization called Paws Assistance Dogs.

Sergeant Javier Calvillo was diagnosed with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder three years ago. He knows Lola will help.

"Enabling me to go out into public places, to do stuff and not feel as anxious or nervous," Calvillo said.
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