Watch a Veteran Thank His Faithful Service Dog

This moving video shows former combat medic Randy reading a thank-you letter to his rescue-turned-service dog, Captain.

Many of you spent time showing gratitude to fallen members of the military on Memorial Day, whether by attending a parade, volunteering your time, or donating to a worthy cause. Now imagine just how much a service dog does for a veteran on a daily basis. Take Captain, a graduate of K9s for Warriors, who’s making an immeasurable difference in the life of former combat medic Randy.

In this three-minute video, Randy reads a heartwarming letter he wrote to Captain – his forever companion who has helped him cope with PTSD. Even after his return from Iraq years ago, Randy never fully recovered from the experience of his unit being hit with an IED. He talks about suffering recurring nightmares and taking upward of 14 medications a day at one point. He said he even had suicidal thoughts.

Suddenly, a great white tail swishes into view. A moment later, you see Captain’s sweet doggy face, and then Randy place his service dog vest on his four-legged friend. Captain not only effectively saved his cherished vet’s life and marriage, but has added immeasurable love to his children’s lives as well.

Ending with a simple but lasting “thank you,” the video is a glimpse at how dogs can give humans the courage and poise to return to civilian life. To learn more about how K9s for Warriors turns rescue dogs into service dogs, visit

Whitney C. Harris

Whitney is a New York-based writer for websites including Dogster,, and A former book and magazine editor, she enjoys running (with her dog, Finley), watching movies (also with Finley), and cooking meatless meals (usually with Finley watching close by). She and her husband (and Finley, too) welcomed a baby girl named Rowan in August.


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