Service Dogs Aid War Veterans Upon Return To U.S.
SANTA ROSA, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Andrew Pike, a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne who was shot and paralyzed during the Iraq war, practices a pull technique with his new service dog “Yazmin” while training at the Canine Companions for Independence training center November 20, 2009 in Santa Rosa, California. Andrew Pike, 23, was instantly paralyzed in 2007 when he was shot by sniper fire while on patrol in Iraq. Confined to a wheelchair and seeking more independence, Pike learned about Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit that matches service dogs with disabled people that need assistance. The organization has trained more than 3,200 dogs for disabled children and adults and has matched dogs with 44 wounded military veterans. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)