America's VetDogs help local veteran

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MINOT, N.D. - America's VetDogs program is helping a local veteran.

Sean Page says his best friend, which is his dog, makes his day.

"It was like Christmas morning when they bring them out to you," said Sean Page, Senior Airman, America's VetDog's participant.

This dog is more than just Page's best friend, he is his handler.

"I have that security blanket of knowing if something should happen he's there to help me. But, just knowing he's there to support me mentally," said Page.

In 2008 Page joined the military. Before he knew it, he was in Baghdad building a hospital.

"Any time there was injury to any military, they had to take them basically through the desert to the Baghdad city hospital down what they called 'death road'. So, now instead of them having to go to all the way into the city, they could come right off the flight line right into the hospital, and it was a full 10,000 square foot hospital," Page said.

While serving Page was felt twitches in his foot.

"I just let it go and I let it go. And I was finally like, 'I gotta do something.' So I went and I see the doctor out on base," adds Page.

He was later diagnosed with epilepsy.

Page says the nonprofit, America's VetDogs, trained his dog to help him when he suffers from one of his, almost daily, seizures.

It is one of the reasons he says the community needs to learn the function of a service dog and how to act around them.

"If you want to talk to somebody about their service dog or even if you just want to pet it. All you have to do is ask him, don't just do it," Page states.

America's VetDogs raises money for the dog's training, as well as the veterans with donations and fundraisers.

If you'd like to donate or learn more about the program you can check out https://www.vetdogs.org/.