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'Dogs Helping Heroes' unites Vietnam veteran with abandoned black lab

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Vietnam veteran John Wells and the dog named Johnny Cash. Vietnam veteran John Wells and the dog named Johnny Cash.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A dog and a soldier are getting a second chance at life together. Vietnam veteran John Wells and the dog named Johnny Cash were united through Dogs Helping Heroes at Duffy's Dog Training Center in Jeffersonville Thursday evening.

Johnny Cash is a black Lab. He was left abandoned in a back yard and later taken in by a local rescue.

Wells suffers from some mobility issues, which Cash will help out with.

"Today was one of the best moments of my life, to be honest with you," Dogs Helping Heroes' David Benson said. "With all of the time energy and effort we put in with the dog and the choosing of the veteran and to see how elated he was to get his service animal and he was very very nervous, but you start to see him relax very very quickly and we haven't seen any work begin yet."

Cash was donated to Dogs Helping Heroes in February and then spent time at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange.

"He seemed to come right to me and we're going to be the best of friends and most of the time that's what I need," Johnny Cash's new owner John Wells said.

Dogs Helping Heroes placed one dog last year and the organization hopes to place two to four dogs next year.

You can find out more information about the organization and how you can help here

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