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Man trains dogs to help disabled veterans return to their feet and Veterans Workshop

Man trains dogs to help disabled veterans return to their feet and Veterans Workshop

Man trains dogs to help disabled veterans return to their feet and Veterans Workshop

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As they’ve done for the past three months, Jeremy Butcher and Russ Dillon met for a training session with Lucy.

While serving in Afghanistan four years ago, an IED exploded near Butcher.

“I got some head trauma and some back and spinal injuries,” Butcher said.

Even after surgery, Butcher has numbness along his left side and down his leg. Lucy, a certified balance-assist dog, helps Butcher walk.

“I don’t have to worry about falling because I can use her for support,” said Butcher.

Lucy is just one of four service dogs that Russell Dillon has helped train for disabled veterans. As a veteran himself, Dillon said he just wants to help others.

“Because I’m a veteran, they know that I did service as well, so it’s really nice to be able to help fellow veterans like that,” said Dillon.

Dillon said the national average price for a trained post-traumatic stress disorder service dog is about $20,000. But Dillon is offering a much better deal: training service dogs for free and helping disabled veterans like Butcher get back on their feet.

“She’s my best friend and she’s always there and she always wants to be beside me,” said Butcher.

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