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'Rebuilding Warriors' gifts service dog to three-tour Army veteran

Posted at 12:52 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 12:52:40-04

Best friends in the form of furry dogs. A U.S. Army veteran now has one named Bolt. 

'Rebuilding Warriors' is a non-profit that provides service and companion dogs to veterans diagnosed as amputees, as well as ones suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The dogs are gifted to honorably discharged veterans from any branch of the armed forces.

Captain Miranda Hulse served three combat tours overseas. Hulse was deployed to Afghanistan twice and Iraq once. She was awarded the combat action badge and the bronze star two times.

CEO and founder of Rebuilding Warriors, Jeff Anderson, says his decision to create the non-profit stemmed from seeing how service members interacted with his seven dogs. "When you see the changes that a dog makes in a veteran's life there are no words," says Anderson.

Anderson presented a new leash to Capt. Hull, with 'Bolt Hulse' etched on one end of the leash as part of Bolt's official 'hand off' ceremony.

Hulse suffers from panic and anxiety attacks and says she's already seen a difference with Bolt by her side. "He's my little shadow, he follows me everywhere. I love him and I think it's mutual."

You can find out how to help veterans here.

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