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Marine retires after 20 years in the Corps, surprised with service dog

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Marine Gunnery Sergeant Cale is about to retire from 20 years of active-duty service at Camp Pendleton, surviving seven combat tours and three IED explosions. He recently discovered he was given a service dog named Rusty by the Friends in Service of Heroes (FISH).

“My initial reaction was kind of like, ‘No way!’” Cale said. “This is too good to be true! But I’ve wanted one, it’s really going to help. I’ve already gotten a lot of help from Rusty, and we bonded real well. I was really happy, I was ecstatic, actually.”

Rusy is there to help Cale cope with PTSD and TBI as he transitions back into the civilian world.

“It’s having somebody with me all the time that connects to me and assists me through life and helps me out,” Cale said. “But also, like a family member, like an extended family member.”

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