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: FayObserver.com – Program pairs veterans with rescue animals.