Incarcerated veterans are finding a new since of purpose by training dogs to help other veterans on the outside who suffer from PTSD. After two tours in Iraq, an inmate named Kasey who suffers from similar traumatic combat disorder is severing twenty years at Stafford Creek Corrections Center for aggravated assault.
Recalling the events that happened still bring Martie Weeks to tears. Her family was tubing down the Red River in Clarksville, TN when she and her autistic son, Ronnie Harris, became separated and caught under a tree. Fortunately, Army Sergeant First Class Timothy Hansen was just up the river with his family when they heard Martie crying out.
A quiet fell over the room as a group of Dietrich Schmieman's fellow Marines stood in a line facing their commanding officer. The crowd hushed in silence as the roll call started. Each of the Marines answered -- until Schmieman's name was called. "Sgt. Schmieman," the call started. "Sgt. Dietrich Schmieman! Sgt. Dietrich Aaron Schmieman!" As a 21-gun salute boomed outside, sniffles and sobs broke out among the 200 people gathered Saturday at Central Church in Richland.