Disabled Veteran Fights to Buy Dog That Helps With His PTSD
A disabled U.S. veteran who served two tours of duty in the Middle East is embroiled in a conflict over keeping his work dog, Fox5 reports.
Military policy allows K-9 team members under some circumstances to keep the dogs that were their work partners on tours—but it comes at a cost.
Bobby Cling, a Marine who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), says the military is trying to take advantage of him with the price they are asking for his service dog Silox.
Out-of-service veterans or those on medical leave can sometimes purchase their dog, which has value as a military asset.
By selling the dog, the military reclaims a portion of its investment.
But Cling says that Silox, whose service role was to detect explosives, helps him deal with his disabilities, as he explains in the video above.
Silox also reportedly suffers from health issues and has seizures.
Cling argues the military should have “compassion for a disabled veteran” and make a concession on the price.
Bobby Cling and Silox lived and work together for nearly 4 years. Now after an 8-year career with the Marines, he struggles to cope with his experiences from war. Cling suffered a traumatic brain injury after an IED exploded and gave him a concussion, and he experiences PTSD.