A South Florida veteran has a new companion thanks to the help of a local business and a veterans organization.  Senator Sachs joined members of the Palm Beach Kennel Club and Service Dogs 4 Service Men as they presented Barry Offenberger with a retired greyhound racing dog he will use as a service dog.

Senator Sachs joins Afghan veteran Barry Offenberger with his new service dog HERO II.

Sen. Sachs joins Afghan veteran Barry Offenberger with his new service dog HERO II.

 

Mr. Offenberger, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, suffers from Hodgkins Lymphoma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and will use his new pal, HERO II, to help maintain his independence.  “Research has shown that service dogs can help wounded veterans tremendously.  They not only assist them medically, they serve as morale boosters and are proven to improve a veteran’s quality of life,” said Senator Sachs.  “I commend Service Dogs 4 Service Men and the Palm Beach Kennel Club for their support of our veterans.”