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Army veteran donates companion dogs

ANADARKO, Okla._ An Oklahoma Army veteran suffering from PTSD and a traumatic brain injury is giving back by helping fellow veterans heal.  

Retired U.S. Army Sergeant Shane Mayall grew up with boxers. Now, he breeds them in Anadarko and donates them to fellow veterans as companion dogs. 

Retired U.S. Army Specialist James Maynard has received one of the companion dogs. He said the pet helps in ways others cannot. 

"He's just constantly there for me. He understands when I'm going through a bad mood. It's just somebody to bring solace back to my life, " said Maynard.

Mayall said the struggle with PTSD never goes away but the dogs make it easier. For information on how to apply for a companion dog you can visit

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