local veteran is helping soldiers combat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Kenny Bass served in the
Marines during the war in Iraq.
"I was hit with a roadside
bomb when I was in country during patrol… When I came home that's kinda really when
the issues began," Bass explained.
Bass suffered the issues
go to combat and you're trained to turn it on, but when you come home and come back
to the civilian world, they don't teach you how to turn it back off," said
It was a battle that
followed him for nine years, until he met Atlas, a 2-year-old German Shepherd.
my anger gets up there, he'll go about 5, 6 feet away and then lay down on the
ground and signal me, ‘hey it's time to relax', waking me up from nightmares,"
isn't Kenny's pet - It's his lifeline.
him… it's freed me up to a world that I haven't experienced at all in the past
decade since I got back from the war," said Bass.
It's an outcome Kenny says he
wants all veterans to have, which led him to create The Battle Buddy Foundation.
Buddy is a non-profit organization that helps retired soldiers suffering from
PTSD to get the help they need, whether
it's getting someone counseling or finding a friend like Atlas.
that battle buddy at your side 24 hours a day, you know having somebody always there to watch your back and always
there to be your support, it changes everything really," Bass said.
Through donations, he also
hopes the Battle Buddy Foundation will also help pay for veterans' service
this link to learn more: http://kennys.battle-buddy.org/
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