Project Description

Walt “Butch” Belden & Aja

Walter, aka Butch as most people call him, is a USMC Vietnam Veteran. He lives in Marysville Indiana with his wife Fran, Aja, and Missy (a small older family dog). Butch and Fran have 3 sons and 1 daughter plus their spouses, lots of grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Aja is a black German Shepherd Dog donated to Butch as a small pup so they could begin to bond with each other. Their goal is for Aja to serve as his mobility dog. Together, they enjoy each other’s company by walking the property, going for visits or relaxing at home. Aja makes Butch smile with his playfulness and silliness.

Butch has experienced PTSD and various other issues since returning home from Vietnam. However, his biggest challenge has become his mobility. Often, getting up from a chair is difficult so it is Butch’s hope Aja will help him get up and provide stability when walking. Aja has been working with the trainers at Duffy’s Dog Training since he was 4 months old. Aja is friendly, energetic, and loves his people. Together, they are an awesome team.

Team Details

YEAR OBTAINED

2020

BRANCH OR ORGANIZATION

Marines

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