Local service dog charities help military veterans with dogs like Sully

(America's VetDogs)

Sully, President Bush's service dog, was trained at America's VetDogs. Its training facility in Long Island, New York. Sully will soon be reassigned to help veterans at Walter Reed National Military Hospital.

“How supportive that dog being there will be for all of those loved ones and family members who lost this great patriarch,” said Rick Yount, founder and Executive Director of Warrior Canine Connection.

Golden retrievers and Labradors train at its facility in Boyds, in Montgomery County, Maryland. In months, they will be ready to stand watch alongside wounded veterans.

“Just having a dog comforting you is allowing veterans to sleep through the night for the first time in sometimes years,” added Yount.

Yount founded Warrior Canine Connection in 2011. He says more than 4,000 veterans have come to help train dogs here. Seventy dogs have been permanently placed with veterans. There is a two-year waiting list.

“The dogs can reach and connect with veterans in ways that sometimes people just can't,” said Yount.

One dog from Warrior Canine Connection, “Annie Fox” serves alongside those from America's VetDogs at Walter Reed hospital.

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