I came across this news story today and was inspired by it; how this soldier who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is coping with it with the assitance with his service dog R.C.
Reporter: Sgt Will Rogers has been serving in the US Army for twenty five years, but he was not ready for the internal battles he would face when he returned home from Afghanistan in 2006.
Sgt. Roberts: The analogy I use all the time is if you’re in a boat or a jet ski and you stop real quick; how the wake, or the wave just slams you in the back. Thats what happened.
Reporter: Roberts suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.
Roberts: I wouldn’t go to stores, I woudln’t get gas.
Reporter: That all changed when a furry, four-legged friend came into his life three months ago. R.C. is a two-year-old black lab given to Roberts by PAALS, an organization that trains service dogs.
Jennifer Rogers: We teach the service dogs specific pressure relief body positions that literally help calm them down.
Roberts: I like the touch, how she leans up againt me. Really relaxes me.
Reporter: Will still strugges each day with the challenges of PTSD but thanks to man’s best friend, life is a lot more bearable for the soldier.
Roberts: I have RC and life is good.
Reporter: And life is finally getting closer, and closer to normal.
Roberts: I got to Publix, go to the park.
Rogers: Meeting Will is a life changing moment for me, and I instantly saw a dog change him.
Reporter: Her life was not the only one that changed.
Roberts: If I did not have R.C., I wouldn’t be here.
Reporter: In Columbia, South Carolina, Mary Quinn, Fox News.