Joe's Story

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Joe's Story

Joe and his service dog Louie were placed together in September 2018. Read their original story below and leave a comment congratulating them!

My name is Joe Walker. I was born in Waterloo, Iowa and have lived there most of my life. I joined the Marine Corp. in 1988. In 1990, I was deployed to Kuwait. In early 1991, my unit was sent to Saudi Arabia. While there, my main job was to sweep for mines and put up fences to protect others from the still active mines that were in the areas not yet swept.
One incident that I think about often is the day our hummer ran over a land mine that did not go off. I am also haunted often by another experience that left several dead. I returned home after finishing my tour. Years later, I finally sought help from the Veterans Administration and it was determined I suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that is complicated by an alcohol disorder. I have difficulty being around people and participating in regular functions like watching my son play sports.
I was approached by a friend of mine who mentioned to me that a service dog may help me cope with my anxiety and depression, among other things. In looking up additional information regarding the benefits a service dog can provide to those with disabilities, I believe I am a great candidate and would like the opportunity to have a service dog. I would benefit immensely from the companionship I would realize from the type of relationship a service dog can provide.
"Semper Fi"


  • Catherine Cluney | Sep 10th 2018 @ 4:24 PM

    Thank you for your service Joe. Thoughts are with you and all the other veterans that have served for all of us.

  • Greg Johnson | Oct 3rd 2018 @ 8:05 PM

    Congratulations on officially getting Louie. I think it will be a win win for both of you. Hopefully we can get together again sometime.

  • Tony Russell | Oct 6th 2018 @ 9:50 AM

    Welcome and congrats on adding g Louue to your family. Stay strong, you have many who support you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Dad of a Marine. Tony Russell

  • Tina Schmit | Oct 8th 2018 @ 7:08 AM

    So proud of you Joe!!!

  • Kerri Wilson | Oct 8th 2018 @ 12:09 PM

    Thank you for your Service Joe. Thank you too for sharing your story. I am glad you and Louie found each other. Rick and Kerri Eilson

  • Cindy Rasmussen | Oct 8th 2018 @ 3:16 PM

    Thank you for your service! Blessings to you and Louie!

  • Mistie Melver | Oct 8th 2018 @ 8:02 PM

    So happy for you cuz!! and Welcome Louie to the family!!!! Dogs are an amazing thing to add to families I glad you got the help you needed and thank you for your service!!!

  • Holly | Oct 8th 2018 @ 9:55 PM

    Joe, I probably never told you, but you were one of my favorites to see at family get togethers .. because despite what was going on in our life at the time, we could always count on you to make us laugh (either at you or with you). So glad you have Louie !!

  • Julie Howard | Oct 24th 2018 @ 6:14 PM

    I'm so happy for you Joe!

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