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Carolina Canines for Service providing for disabled Iraq war veteran

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It is a story of man's best friend. A 23-year-old disabled Iraq war veteran recently received some help in the form of a four-legged friend. It is all thanks to a very unique organization; the only one of its kind in the country. Eve is the newest member of Marine Corporal Zach Briseno's family. But, there's something special about her, she's a service dog. Briseno lost both of his legs while serving in Iraq last year, and the organization Carolina Canines for Service brought Eve into his life. "She's pretty much my new legs now, you know, besides my prosthetics; she's there every step of the way for me. Anything I do, she's always going to be there," said Briseno. To help with laundry, turn on the lights, get a drink from the refrigerator, or anything with which Briseno might need some help. Briseno said, "It's been a really good experience so far." Eve has an interesting story. After being rescued from a shelter, she was trained by military inmates at Camp Lejeune's prison. Carolina Canines for Service is the only organization in the country that uses military prisoners to train dogs. President and CEO, Rick Hairston, and others spend a few days a week at Camp Lejeune. "We work with the prisoners two to three hours each day to make sure they understand what we're expecting," he said. Seeing Eve paired up with Briseno, Hairston knows their hard work pays off. He said, "We can't ever remove their disability, but we can try to make their life a little easier by placing a quality-trained service dog with them." "It's not just a pet, you know, it's your partner pretty much. Whatever limbs you lost, they're there to help you, not really so much replace, but help you get along better in life," Briseno added. Briseno traveled here from Fort Worth, Texas, to pick up Eve. He's almost finished with rehab and recently completed a marathon with the help of a hand bike. He plans to become a police officer.

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