Peter Coukoulis came home three years ago after serving with the U.S. Marines. But he found it difficult to go back to normal civilian life, thanks to post-traumatic stress disorder.
The 26-year-old struggled with the side effects of PTSD, which can include anxiety, depression, flashbacks and alienation. His mother Dena, though, came up with a way to help her son: she bought him a puppy who could be his service animal.
Peter and his family gathered as he unwrapped a box. He thought he already knew what he was getting, but when he looked inside, he was shocked to see a beagle puppy waiting for him.
Now Peter has a new friend and ally in his battle, and the dog is already making a difference in the young vet’s life.
“The puppy has already changed Peter’s life; it has made him happy after a very difficult three years,” Dena told Caters News Agency.