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This Soldier Suffers From PTSD, But Found Therapy In Hiking With His Dog…And Cat

It’s always a gift to have a soldier return home from war, but nowadays, about 20% of veterans returning from the Middle East struggle with PTSD, which is a different kind of battle entirely.

When Stephen Simmons came back from Iraq in 2008, he had trouble adjusting to life at home. His body had become so accustomed to the endorphins that were triggered by his high-stress occupation. To combat this, Simmons created his own “adventure therapy” program. He, his dog Puppi, and his cat Burma hike Oregon’s mountains to help the vet get back on track.

I’ve never seen a cat so cool with hiking…and in the snow, no less! I guess if Simmons can use the hikes to get over his PTSD, Burma is willing to get a little wet in the process.

Man On His Deathbed Gets A Heartfelt Goodbye From His Two Best Friends, His Horses!

With his health quickly deteriorating, Vietnam veteran Roberto Gonzalez had just one wish: to see and hug his two beloved horses, Sugar and Ringo, one last time.

Hospital staff decided to grant his wish and the two horses traveled 150 miles to visit him at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, where he was battling liver and kidney issues.

Gonzalez was paralyzed in 1970 after he was shot two months into serving in Vietnam. But despite his injury, Gonzalez made a living from his passion for the majestic animals and is one of the only registered horse trainers in Texas who is disabled.

As you can tell in this heartfelt video, seeing his prized horses one last time meant everything to him.

Horses never forget those who are kind to them, nor those who are cruel to them, for that matter. They’re such beautiful, sensitive creatures.

Thank you for your service, Mr. Gonzalez.