Friday, September 14, 2012

Man's Best Friend

Cory and Ali bond
Corporal Cory Bracy, USMC may understand the meaning of the old saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend” more than most as a Marine who trains with dogs who will deploy into combat.
Training with Ali in Yuma
In 2008, Cory worked at the USMC Specialized Search Dog School where he was introduced to Ali. Ali was one of the dogs being trained to go into combat, but when the time came to deploy, he did not make the cut. Cory was forced to deploy with another dog, Blade, leaving Ali stateside.
Cory deploys with Blade
During the deployment, Cory and Blade were hit by an IED. Cory now struggles with a traumatic brain injury and several other medical problems. Blade survived the blast but, as a result, became severely aggressive.

With Cory’s injuries, he looked to adopt a service dog to help him with his stability and it only seemed fitting to adopt one of the dogs he had trained with. Blade’s aggressiveness wouldn’t allow him to be adopted, but the kennels have allowed Cory the opportunity to adopt his first dog, Ali, in his stead.

To support Cory’s use of a service dog, Hope For The Warriors® purchased the required dog harness needed for Cory’s stability and balance. Providing the harness is just one way that Hope For The Warriors® aims to restore self, family and hope for wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen.

We are pleased that Ali’s adoption will soon be complete and Hope For The Warriors® hopes that this harness will help the two friends remain happy and healthy together for years to come.

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