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Program Helps Vets Come Home To A Friendly Face

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 A man's best friend helping veterans.

A new program in the Sacramento area is pairing up dogs from shelters with soldiers who are back from duty and all alone.

These dogs are being trained to help veterans

"Most places you'll find a dog between $900 and $35,000,"explains CEO Alpha K9, Kevin Cameron.

But these dogs are virtually free for vets because they are being helped too.

Most of them are shelter dogs.

Cameron continues, "Not only are we serving the dogs, but we're serving the veterans as well."

Kevin Cameron is a disabled combat veteran and started the Alpha K9 Center after 14 years in the military.

He left after he was hit in the knee with a bullet and then came home and was hit with loneliness.

"When you're in the army, or any branch of service in the military branch of service, you have about 30 people who watch your back. When you get out of the military, you don't have that anymore. You have you and your family," says Cameron.

He says the dogs can help with that stress.

He says, "A dog lets you know if people are walking up behind you, they are there to calm you down, they can actually detect your stress. So the dogs there to be a part of you and become an extenuation of you."

And the dogs may not know it, but while they're helping vets with stress, they're getting out of the stress of the shelters.

"By rescuing dogs we can find great wonderful dogs that are out there that are just ready for a good home to go to," says Cameron.

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