Bandit — Therapy
Bandit is a Great Dane rescued at 14 weeks, who has spent his entire life giving back to others, not allowing his deformities to hinder from serving those who serve our nation. He uses his deformities to show others, that you can’t let being different hold you back. He works with soldiers on suicide watch, reminding them of the true meaning of unconditional love, helping break down emotional barriers. He has provided emotional support and strength to our wounded warriors, providing mobility assistance through physical therapy to being someone they can lean on. Our warriors see Bandit’s scars and deformities, and it provides strength that they too can overcome. On a daily basis, he can be found at the USO putting smiles on our service members faces while they embrace him. Often times they have not seen their own dog for many months, Bandit to them is a connection to home, a beacon of hope. When Bandit is not interacting with our troops, he provides support to our military family members. He works within school systems to help enhance their reading skills by allowing them to read to him, making it less intimidating for the student to learn to read. On occasions he provides support to children mourning the loss of their parent or loved one, by sitting by their side and letting them know he cares. Bandit has given a lot to our nation’s heroes his entire life and I think it is time we celebrate his heart and devotion by naming him the next American Hero Dog before he retires.