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Jonathan served in the Army for eleven years, with one deployment to Iraq, and three deployments to Afghanistan. He says: “After leaving the Army, I found myself having trouble finding employment, frequently waking from night terrors, becoming very dependent on others, and self-isolating.
In July of 2020, I was paired with my medical service dog, Char. Since then, life has changed in many ways. Char alerts to my nightmares, which helps both me and my wife get a better night’s sleep.
During the day, Char alerts me to periods of syncope, as well as my mental health symptoms.
In the two years having Char life has transformed. I’ve completed both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees and am now working as an Outpatient therapist. I received my first “real job” not long after getting Char.”