A War Within The Mind

Man's Best Friend To The Rescue When Lifelong Dream Became Real-World Nightmar

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Posted: November 10, 2012

Harley (left) basks in the sunshine Nov. 2 outside the Harrisonburg American Legion. Like his master, who serves as the chaplain, Harley is a full-time member of Post 188. (Photo by Samantha Cole)
Bruce Webb stands with Harley, his therapeutic service dog. The pair make a dynamic duo, as the bullmastiff is attuned to the senses that might trigger a PTSD attack and can support Webb in ways humans not suffering from PTSD may have trouble understanding. (Photo by Samantha Cole)

An Army man. That’s what four-year-old Bruce Webb wanted to be when he grew up.

“An Army man,” he repeated, punching out the syllables with a boyish gung-ho.

He grew up to lead a…

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