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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"