God put me in the right place today. I went to Starbucks to work on photos and I see a veteran with his service dog. I felt compelled to talk to him. So I asked him if I could buy him a coffee for his service. He happily agreed to an iced French Vanilla something or other. I got his coffee along with a muffin and gift card. It started to sprinkle so he asked if he could sit by me since the other seats were taken. So we chatted for awhile as he told me about his 7 years of service and the things he wishes he wouldn't have done or seen. He told me that his dog Rolo is training to detect IEDs and will be deployed in about 9 months. He hopes he can get him back when finishes his tour. But some dogs suffer from PTSD just like we do and he might not be the same again. He's originally from California. He's now working for the VA and will be moving to Virginia Beach later this month. We chatted for about an hour, about life and minor things. It was a very humbling and welcoming experience to my Monday. I gave him my card and told him if he ever needed anything to keep in touch. Mario, I wish you well and will keep you in my prayers.
Credits : Kelly Ann Sullivan
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