Creating inseparable bonds

Published 8:00 am Friday, March 23, 2018

On Tuesday, a pair of veterans — and a furry four-legged companion — stopped by Tryon’s Lanier Library to share the work that Greenville’s Service Dogs for Veterans is doing to match returning servicemen and servicewomen with rescue dogs, to help those coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. Bill Brightman, founder of the organization and a U.S. Navy veteran, shared the work that he and the organization’s 12 volunteers do to train rescue dogs and veterans to work together. He also shared some of the new programs Service Dogs for Veterans is looking to launch in the immediate future: a new workforce development program, designed to help veterans using a service dog find employment; and a therapy dog program, which will enlist veterans and their service animals to visit other veterans who are currently living as shut-ins. James Gillian, another U.S. Navy and Army veteran, also spoke to the around 50 audience members that afternoon, where he talked about the bond that has formed between he and his service dog, Seven, who is helping him handle his PTSD. (Photos by Ted Yoakum)

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