CHATTANOOGA, Tn — Last time on the Price of Freedom we told you a story about an Air Force Veteran who's life has changed dramatically after receiving a service dog through an organization called Warrior Freedom Service Dogs.
This week we want to tell you more about the non-profit how they help veterans with PTSD and brain injuries and what we all should understand about combat veterans all around us.
Many of this country's veterans are still fighting years after they come home.
"We all have problems sometimes, right?" Air Force veteran Eric Dudash asked a group of middle schoolers in Alabama.
Eric Dudash was deployed 17 times. He has a traumatic brain injury as well as nightmares and anxiety. Now Eric has a service dog names Phantom.
"He is my asprin to my headache," Eric said about Phantom. "You see, he is the medicine that helps me."
Over the last couple years Eric has been invited to tell his story at events across the country.
Now any town where Eric goes, Phantom is there too.
Eric met Phantom at Warrior Freedom Service Dogs in Flintstone, Georgia.
"The Service Dog part there's science to it. We're doing the service dog part," Adam Keith, co-founder of Warrior Freedom Service Dogs said. "That's what leads us to the rest of the part. That's what's going to change the community. Just to open the window and shine the light on the need that is there."
That change has changed everything for Eric Dudash.
Phantom has worked hard helping Eric get to the place to feel comfortable to speak at public events.
Eric Dudash is now not just a graduate of the program.
He is now a member of the board of directors.