AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – A combat hero and veteran of three wars hopes to overcome his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, with the help of man’s best friend. One of life’s greatest blessings is the love of a good dog. Lee Blackwell believes the bond he’s developing with his Labrador, Aubie, can help him overcome the horrors of war.

“I have been blessed to deploy with some phenomenal men and women,” Blackwell said. “There are things that happened that have been significant and made a big impact on my life that I struggle with daily.” The retired Air Force Master Sergeant is also a war hero. A veteran of Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq, Blackwell struggles daily with PTSD.

On Friday, Jan. 9, Blackwell and Aubie graduated from iK9, the East Alabama company that works with Auburn University to breed and train the world’s finest working dogs for military defense and law enforcement handlers.

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