ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Camo is not your average dog. He and his owner, Navy veteran Larry Barfield, visited Deerfield-Windsor Wednesday to talk about PTSD, and a fundraiser to help other veterans get service dogs.
Camo goes everywhere with Larry Barfield. They've been together for two years after Barfield was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Barfield is a Navy Veteran, and when he returned home from Iraq, his wife says he was acting differently.
"He did seem to be able to feel emotions like he did before. It was almost like he was standing back watching everyone else," said Barfield.
But when he got Camo things changed. Now they work to raise awareness for vets suffering from PTSD. "We wanted to let other people in similar situation to us know that there is help out there, that there is something you can do."
And Barfield says Camo is a big help. "He senses when I'm having a panic attack, and he'll block for me."
His wife says she doesn't worry as much about him. "He doesn't feel like he has to be on guard all the time. He's more relaxed," said Pam Barfield.
The 10-K, 5-K, one-mile run/walk, which is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Saturday April 11 at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, is sponsored by St. Paul's Episcopal Church (229-436-0196) in conjunction with the Deerfield-Windsor School cross country team.
Funds are used to purchase a service dog for a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and to pay for a three-week training session with the K9s for Warriors organization in Ponte Vedra, Fla.