One fateful Sunday morning, Jeremiah Church had no idea that his life was about to be changed forever.
After a long workweek, the United States Army veteran was looking forward to grabbing breakfast with his wife Amy at their local diner. However, instead of driving to the diner, Amy took them somewhere that didn’t even serve food: the Coastal Humane Society.
“I was like, what are we doing here?” Jeremiah recalls. “And she was like, just come inside.”
When he walked inside, Jeremiah was greeted by Hagen Blaszyk, one of the founders of K9s on the Front Line.
It turns out that Jeremiah’s wife had been coordinating with Hagen and his team to set Jeremiah up with a service dog. After nearly 11 years in the Army and two deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the veteran suffered from PTSD and anxiety every time he left the house. Amy decided to take action to ease her husband’s suffering.
“My wife… she saw that I was hurting, she saw that I was having trouble and [that] I wasn’t necessarily doing anything to help myself, so she started doing some research,” says Jeremiah. “She found K9s on the Front Line. It was all kind of a surprise to me, but a very welcome [one].”