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Help at the end of the line. Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder say they often feel like they are at the end of their rope. But when they pick up a leash, they have a new lease on life.
All the while he was in a Navy ship and inside the cockpit of Navy planes.
Jay Somers: "Aircraft that was flying that we ended up taking down had a ton of drug on it heading to the US."
And with every assignment he was heading down a path to diminished physical and mental health.
Jay Somers: "Being so tall and spending 11 of my 17 years in the service, the lower back, the cartilage wore down, so my back started deteriorating."
And so did his mood, sometimes seeing what he needed just out of reach.
Jay Somers: "A couple of times we'd be off the coast where you could see the city lights so you know your family is there but you can't go see them."
Soon, the stress got so intense, he was no longer able to serve.
Jay Somers: "We had a guy we found hanging from a softball cage. Another guy who shot himself and was still attached to the wall. We stopped a guy who was trying to paint his room with his blood."
By the time he got home, the family Jay Somers longed for still seemed distant.
Jay Somers: "And I will just yell at everyone for everything. I get real anxious."
Pamela Somers, Jay's wife: "It doesn't just affect one person in the family, it affects the children, it affected me because I didn't know if I was doing anything wrong."
The PTSD was so bad, even perfect strangers felt his wrath. That is until Cody calmed him down.
Jay Somers: "I was waiting to turn into a parking lot, parking space, and some girl just cut right in before me. So I whipped around the corner, parked my car and started yelling at her. He gently grabbed my hand, pulled me away, was like 'c'mon, let's just go, ignore it.'"
Jay couldn't ignore him, even from the beginning.
Jay Somers: "The second we met it was like instant connection."
They met at Morgan's Dogs. Cody was a shelter dog, one of the first brought here and trained for the War Dogs Making It Home program.