Video: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry Comes to a Veteran's Rescue

Video: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry Comes to a Veteran's Rescue

December 14, 2015

Video: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry Comes to a Veteran's Rescue

Former Texas governor Rick Perry helped a veteran ,who recently buried his military dog, get unconventional treatment for PTSD. You may remember the story of Sergeant First Class Matt Bessler - an Army veteran whose service dog was shot and killed by a bicyclist in Wyoming.

After hearing about the tragic death of the military dog known as Major Mike, former Texas governor Rick Perry continued following the story of the Army veteran. And from what he was reading and hearing, Bessler's story was taking a turn for the worse.

Bessler, a 20-year Army vet who served six tours in Iraq with the 10th Special Forces Group out of Fort Carson, Colorado, depended heavily on service dog Mike to deal with his combat-related injuries alone.

And now that the 9-year-old Belgian Malinois had received the soldier's burial he deserved, Bessler began spiraling further into depression brought on by his PTSD.

That's when Rick Perry decided to make some calls and reach out to others to get Bessler the help he needed. The former Texas governor raised money to pay for an unconventional PTSD treatment - a treatment that was making a big difference in the lives of other military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Below is the Fox News video sharing the story of former Texas Governor Rick Perry, military dog Major Mike and Army veteran Matt Bessler.

Fox News Special Report Rick Perry Helps Veteran Matt Bessler

Sergeant First Class Matt Bessler cope with the loss of his military dog; Casey Stegall reports on 'Special Report' Watch Bret Baier and Casey Stegall talk about Military and Veterans on Special Report.

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Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson

February 22, 2016

This should be paid for by the government for all men and woman that served in the military and suffer from PTSD. It doesn’t matter that it’s not done at the veterans hospital it should be slowed to be done there. These men and woman were willing and some are making the ultimate sacrifice with their life. If this treatment is helping those men and woman with PTSD all those they need this treatment should get it. They risked their lives daily for us and they deserve the best chance possible to live as much of a normal life as possible. These men and women have already gone through so much hell they deserve the best chance possible.

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