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HUDSON, Ind. (WFFT) - Ken Andrus meets his match with Lexi.
But just in case you're wondering-- Lexi walks on four paws, not two legs.
Our Turn to Serve, a local war veteran organization, pairs service dogs with war veterans enduring the "invisible disease" of PTSD.
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) plagues the lives of many men and women who return from war and attempt to maneuver themselves back into civilian life.
Symptoms include cold sweats, angry outbursts, paranoia, nightmares, seizures, and various forms of anxiety.
Andrus says, "Lexi changed my life."
After a 7-month training from April 2019 to February 2020, Lexi graduated to officially become Andrus' own.
Lexi, a 2-year old mixed Lab breed, was adopted by Andrus and Our Turn to Serve from the Steuben County Animal Shelter.
The non-profit veteran organization has funded the ongoing partnership of 10 dogs and veterans since 2009, sustaining their president Dave Harris' phrase, "changing two lives at a time."
Andrus now plans to continue his own work within the organization to help train potential service dogs for other veterans looking for some furry support.
He notes, "service dogs are different than therapy dogs" and "should not be touched."
Our Turn to Serve remains connected to Veterans' Affairs of Fort Wayne, "helping change the life of a Hoosier veteran" one pup at a time.