Two Vietnam War veterans are having an extra special Christmas after being paired with two service dogs to help them cope with PTSD and day-to-day life.
Larry Keating was 19 when he served in the army in Vietnam. Bill Thumm was 21. What they saw and experienced has haunted their lives.
"I had a drug problem, I had an alcohol problem. I had PTSD, none of which was treated," Keating said.
Fifty years later, the veterans turned to a Long Island charity called Paws of War for Help. That help came in the form of two service dogs -- a 4-month-old Labrador called Lydia and a three-year-old named Midnight.
"It hope it will restore my confidence, which I think my grandchildren need to see," Thumm said.
The dogs will be trained to help comfort the vets, calm their anxieties and even alert them when to take medications.