Program pairs veterans with rescue animals

Retired Sgt. Maj. Ronald Snyder spent years on a special forces team in Vietnam, training mountain people to farm and getting shot at by the Viet Cong.

After that, he spent 22 years with the Fayetteville Police Department as a patrol officer and a detective for sexual assault and child abuse cases.

But now, Snyder may be facing one of his toughest challenges yet – training a 1-year-old Pekingese mix named Hazel.

Snyder, who is 75, is a participant in Hounds 4 Heroes, a program that buys rescue animals for veterans suffering from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder – or who simply need the comfort a pet can provide.

In Snyder’s case, it was the loneliness caused by the death of his wife in December.

See the story at: – Program pairs veterans with rescue animals.

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