Bandit’s Recipient grew up in a rural area and joined the United States Army in 2002. He wanted to serve his country after the horrific events of September 11th took place. He was stationed in New York at Fort Drum. He was a Combat Engineer with the 10th mountain division, and was stationed in Afghanistan from August 2003-May 2004.
After separating from the service, he found it extremely difficult to transition into civilian life.
Normal activities such as going to public events and public places became stressful. He was facing emotions and feelings he had not felt before. Often, he just wanted to hide and not be around people.
Then Bandit came into his life. Bandit formed an unbreakable bond with him and became his best friend, and his comfort. He gave him the courage to do things and go places he would avoid going before.
Bandit assists with easing his Recipient’s anxiety in crowds, makes a path for walking and alerts to those that might be approaching from behind.
Bandit has forever changed his Recipient’s life and allowed him a new life full of purpose.
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