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Service dog from K9s for Warriors program helps 'save' life of war veteran suffering from PTSD

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BETHESDA, Md. -

Axel is a 3-year-old German shepherd who gets a lot of love.

As his owner, Jason Haag, puts it: "Axel's been the star of the show. I'm just the guy at the end of the leash."

As a Marine, Capt. Jason Haag did two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was shot, exposed to improvised explosive device strikes and survived small-arms fire.

He was trained and ready for anything -- except coming home.

By the time he returned home, Haag was taking 32 different medicines and was "in a dark place."

Haag reached out to a non-profit called K9s for Warriors. It's a non-profit that provides service dogs to wounded warriors.

Axel was just a week away from being put down. Haag says Axel saved his life.

"He can get my medicine,” says Haag. “He can wake me up from nightmares. He can find my wallet, my keys. If I have a flashback, he can lead me out of those rooms."

K9s for Warriors has its first gala this weekend here in Washington.

Online:

http://www.k9sforwarriors.org/

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