This Brave Dog Survived Afghanistan, But Faced A Different War At Home.
Lance Corporal Andrew Harmon came home after a deployment in Afghanistan to return to his normal life with his wife and newborn baby girl. He was so excited to be together again with his family, but at the same time, saddened because he had left behind his best friend; Rebel, a loyal dog that had worked at his side during the tour. He prayed that he would one day get to see the dog again, but knew that it was very unlikely.
Harmon had spent countless hours working with Rebel as they searched for IEDs and avoided bombs. Unfortunately as with all wars, Rebel became injured and suffered a blow to the head that caught them off-guard. Rebel turned out to need too much treatment for a tumor they had found, and she called the man who had been with Rebel in Afghanistan.
He was so happy to be reunited with Rebel that he didn’t mind dealing with the hassle of the medical bills – they raised funds for the operations and continuing care, and Rebel is now a loving part of their new family.
Service dogs are loyal and brave, but even doggies can have nightmares. Harmon says that during the night, they will help each other to deal with the nightmares caused by PTSD, and it’s nice to have a friend around who knows exactly what the other is going through.