United States Army Captain John Kelly (Ret.) was paired with his service dog Ranger in August 2016. “I am a husband, father, veteran, paratrooper, and I’m lucky to be alive,” said John.

Before being paired with Ranger, John was in a dark place and had a serious commitment to no longer being here. In May 2016, he discovered Guardian Angels as a place of hope in his life.

Ranger has helped give John back his independence and allows him to function normally daily. “He always takes such good care of me and makes sure I’m squared away,” said John.

22 veterans die from suicide every day. Through Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, John said there is an answer to this problem. John’s pairing with Ranger changed his life in a significant, positive way, demonstrating the impact these service dogs have on the lives of veterans and others in need.

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