This Woman Was A Wartime Hero. Now Suffering, She Needed A Hero Of Her Own.Ashley Maisano
Linda Stanley is a retired Major NC USAF who served over 20 years in the militaryâ€”six years in the Army and 14 years in the Air Force as a nurse. She was deployed in 2006 with the 32nd Medical Group to Balad, Iraq, where she was a trauma nurse who took care of severely wounded service members. Her time as a nurse has affected her tremendously and has taken a toll on her mentally and emotionally. This has caused her to develop PTSD and she has trouble living a normal life on a day-to-day basis.
She was then introduced to TLC, a non-profit group that pairs service members with service dogs. Stanley was paired with a yellow Labrador named Willow, who had spent her whole life training to be a service dog. Willow has essentially saved Stanleyâ€™s life. Now she ventures out into the world, and can finally be social, smile, and feel happiness!