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Dog serves 18 months in Afghanistan

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KENNEWICK, WA- For 18 months, Saxon was serving in Afghanistan as a bomb dog. While over there, he was shot in the head above his right eye and was also blown up by a bomb which has left his right ear deformed. 

Just over a year now, Saxon has been with Monty Hutson, the president of For Veteran's Sake and he told us, "we've had him for about a year and they wanted him to continue to help veterans and work with veterans so he goes with me everywhere I go". Part of their travels include going to conventions and talking with veterans about their post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Hutson says sometimes veterans will just stop and kneel with Saxon, "you know it gets you because you know they're feeling something, to see them communicate with a dog like that, it's pretty emotional sometimes". 

Hutson told us one time at a conference, Saxon jumped up from under the table, ran over to a veteran and started rubbing his face on the man's leg. After a little while, the man asked what was wrong with the dog and Hutson replied, "he has been trained in certain things, so get a hold of your doctor because he's been known to identify cancer and things like that in people". A few days later, Hutson got a call from the man's doctor thanking Saxon for saving the veteran's life. Turns out, he had an eight centimeter blood clot in the same leg he was rubbing. 

The organization, For Veterans Sake, helps veterans through trauma and dealing with post combat conditions. If the veteran does appear to need a service dog, the organization works with local rescue shelters and trains dogs they adopt. They're based out of California and are looking to expand to Washington.