Veteran with PTSD breaks down when given a puppy as an early Christmas present

May 7, 2017 6:50 pm Last Updated: May 7, 2017 6:50 pm

A Marine Veteran got an early Christmas surprise when his family gave him a puppy. Peter Coukoulis had suffered with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder since his return to civilian life 3 years ago and his mom, Dena, thought getting a dog who could be trained as a service animal would help her son.

In the heartwarming video below, he’s helping his family with Christmas decorations in the kitchen when his family gives him with a festively-wrapped box. The box is slightly open, and moving a little, which is a clue as to what is inside.

He’s unsure why his family is giving him a gift so early, but when he flips the lid a tiny Beagle puppy pops up and looks out. The second he sees the pup, Peter begins to cry, and gently picks up his new friend, gently cradling her to him before giving her a kiss. The pup immediately takes to him too, licking him and nibbling at his ear. You could say it was a predestined meeting.

Dena said of the heartwarming moment, “The puppy has already changed Peter’s life, it has made him happy after a very difficult three years.”

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