His father said, “Son, those 11 guys, make you sure you bring them all back.” Those words stuck to Erick. But unfortunately, not all of them were able to come back with him.
Erick felt extreme guilt that he wasn’t able to bring all 11 guys back. They call it ‘survivor’s guilt’. Because of this, Erick displayed symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Then Erick heard about K9 For Warriors, an organization that provides service dogs for soldiers with PTSD. There he met Gumbo, his service dog and friend. Watch the video below and see what Gumbo does when he sensed that Erick was agitated during the interview!
We are thankful for Erick and his service to our country. He is a true American hero. We are glad that there are organizations like K9 for Warriors and dogs like Gumbo to transition our soldiers back into civilian life.
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