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Double the companions for a local Navy vet with PTSD

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Updated: 10/10/2013 11:51 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two puppies are living with a local Navy veteran helping her cope with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

Marlene Condon said she's proud to be a mother of two dogs.

Condon is a Navy veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. She said her two new 11-week-old labs will be all she needs to brighten up her day.

"They'll be a constant companion, a best friend when I'm feeling down, or when i'm I'm having a rough day which I have often. They will be there, maybe just a paw on my chest or a little lick on my face," said Condon.

Daphne and Gypsy were donated to Condon from the Paws of War program. The dogs are rescued from kill shelters and war-torn countries and then they are placed in homes of veterans to become service companions.

"These two dogs are going to be a great asset for Marlene and her family. Our military are our heroes," said Scofield, the vice president of the Guardians of Rescue.

Scofield said her strong support for members of the military led her to answer a calling to help vets like Condon.

"I'm personally honored to be able to do this for our hero's that sacrifice their lives every day," said Scofield.

Condon is very grateful for the program and said she is ready to take on her new kids.

"I know I have a lot of work ahead of me and so do the pups as they're getting trained and I'm just really excited," she said.

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cindykoski111 - 11/21/2013 1:43 PM
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Marlene Condon is a combination of her Gramma's names. She was trying to send them a shoutout because she is a loving & intelligent woman. Kim is her real name and she deserves these dogs so much! While she was never in combat or on deployment (she never claimed any of this) she still suffered some pretty serious disabilities that are really hard to live with. I am sure the people who she worked with can tell you she tried to always have a smile on her face even though she was in chronic pain and in the subject of constant rumors and harassment. Now, if anyone needs a service dog please go to "Guardians of Rescue" Dori the Vice-President can help you if you are a veteran in need.

DerekTK - 11/21/2013 10:56 AM
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Actually, Kimberly was in the military for two years. She was harmed while on active duty service and suffered major mental and physical trauma. She was harassed at her work by people by hateful people and was criticized daily for being ill. Her story is 100% besides her name which was the idea of one of the reporter's. She is a veteran and would like to help others with her disease and mental disabilities.

Andrewrrdn - 10/25/2013 9:24 AM
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Please help or share. I'm a combat veteran trying to raise some money to get a trained service dog to help with PTSD/TBI The organizations that do this are amazing but overwhelmed so I am trying to do it on my own.

RiverRat - 10/11/2013 12:50 PM
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RiverRat - 10/11/2013 12:46 PM
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Hoping you overcome the stresses of duty, you are on beautiful sailor. Wishing you fair winds and following seas.
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