Michelle Caffrey NJ.com
PHILADELPHIA — It wasn’t easy. When Andrew Einstein returned home after his second deployment overseas as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, he admits that like many veterans, he struggled to readjust to a civilian life.
But then, Einstein found Gunner.
Or, as Einstein tells the story of how the silver lab puppy repeatedly pushed his way to Einstein when he went to match up with a service dog, Gunner found him.
“He saved my life,” said Einstein without hesitation, as he stood with Gunner just feet from The Liberty Bell, not long after the sun rose over the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district. “That’s the best way to put it.”
The powerful influence Gunner has had in helping Einstein, now a Westampton Township police officer, overcome the effects of post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is one of the main reasons he met up with fellow former Marine sergeants and current Philadelphia firefighters Devon Richio and Steven Walls at the historic landmark early Tuesday morning. Read More