The former soldier distinguished himself by his posting to Afghanistan years after his return to civilian life. To help him overcome this ordeal, the association gave him a guide dog.
Corey Klitzing was more fortunate than many of his comrades to return alive from Afghanistan, but home to Vandalia, Illinois, he did not return completely unscathed. His business trip in 2008 made a deep psychological impression on him.
However, from Thursday, July 14, 2022, he can count on the invaluable and infallible support of Major, his new friend. The latter is a one-year-old German Shepherd who has officially become his service dog, according to The Leader Union.
The great meeting was made possible by the Red Leg Tech team, an association helping injured soldiers like Cory Klitzing.
To join the latter and discover his new home, the Major has come a very long way; 2 days on the road and the same number of drivers who replaced each other and crossed several states. A journey softened by the presence of the dog’s favorite toy, the green hippopotamus.
When the dog arrived, he and Corey Klitzing sat side by side for a long time on the stairs in front of the house. Their friendship started from there.
Jennifer Sandiford, Red Leg Tech volunteer, explains that the association was founded by two army veterans who also had German Shepherds, and so they could see how wonderful these dogs are.
In addition to service dog training, Red Leg Tech helps ex-servicemen in a variety of ways, including financially when they can’t make ends meet.
Corey Klitzing couldn’t wait to take Major to the park and other fun places. “I just hope to be the best dog dad I can be,” he says.