Bay News 9, reports that Pinellas county Army veteran, Matt Bystedt (who was injured in Iraq in 2012) has finally gotten a service dog, “Sarge” for Christmas.

After waiting 8 long years, Matt received his service dog through the K9 for Warriors program. And after many weeks of training together, Matt was able to bring his new best friend home, just in time for Christmas.

Before Sarge entered Matt’s life, several surgeries and problems with PTSD took away Matt’s ability to do things most people take for granted. But now he is able to enjoy life again, able to be outside at parks and around others without problems, with the help of Sarge.

BN9 quotes Matt as saying,

“To me, it means a lot. It really does mean a lot to me. It’s trying to give me the ability to get back outside, to get back to doing things that I used to like doing. I’m obviously getting to spend more time with my kid at parks, beaches, and just going out to restaurants again and spending time outside the house. It’s nice having him around. The times when I get angry and he’s around it’s very helpful to just have him there”.

The holidays will soon be over, but the gift of a friend like Sarge will go on forever.

The K9 for Warriors Program is as a program “dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and/or Military Sexual Trauma as a result of military service post-9/11″. 

Their main goal is to empower veterans to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. If you would like to know more about the K9 for Warriors Program click HERE:

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Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .