Three years ago, Marine Peter Coukoulis was serving at Helmand Province in Afghanistan when an IED killed two members of his unit — a fellow soldier and a bomb detection dog. The loss left Peter suffering from PTSD.

She also told the Daily Mail:

“‘He’s made great strides for recovery over the past few years, and this pup will be a huge step towards him reclaiming his life back.”

It’s already clear that Dena is right about the impact the puppy will have on her son. Peter named the pupper “Willa,” which is short for “will to live.”

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We know Peter and Willa will be best friends for years to come. We wish them both the happiest of lives together.

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