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Justice For Brian

Justice and her owner Brian Field.

Brian Field is a disabled veteran who lost both of his legs in 2007 while serving in the military in Iraq. The single father of two teenagers found it difficult to perform many of his daily routines and knew he needed some help, so he decided to contact Patriot PAWS for assistance.

Patriot PAWS trains and provides service dogs at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobility issues to help them regain both their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS places the dogs with female prison inmates for socialization and basic training. The dogs stay with the inmates for up to two years until they are placed with the wounded vet who needs them. That is how Justice met Brian.

Brian has seen so many improvements in his life since Justice was placed with him. The yellow lab is able to pick up dropped items, fetch Brian's wheelchair, help with household chores and help Brian navigate with his two prosthetic legs. Justice is also trained to help Brian cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. When his sleep is plagued with nightmares of Iraq, Justice gently nudges Brian to wake him up.

Because of her devotion to Brian, Justice has been inducted into the Texas Animal Hall of Fame. She was the 2011 winner in the Companion category for providing a special benefit to her human companion.