When Justin Lansford and his fiancée Carol Balmes got engaged, he knew that his closest buddy, his assistance dog Gabe, would be his best man. Justin and Gabe met in 2012, while Justin was a US soldier serving in Afghanistan.
Justin was injured by an IED (improvised explosive device) while serving, which resulted in the loss of one of his legs.
As a result of this terrible occurrence, the military forces decided to send Justin back to the United States for treatment.
According to Justin, who spoke to ABC News,
“In early 2012, I was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division in eastern Afghanistan.”
Justin stated, ”
“When we hit an IED, my truck completely toppled over.” My femurs were severed on both sides, necessitating the amputation of my left leg.
Justin needed a service dog to help him cope with his restrictions and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his injuries.
Justin met Gabe through the Warrior Canine Connection while recovering at Walter Reade National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Warrior Canine Connection is a non-profit organization that trains support dogs for troops who have been injured in a variety of ways.
When Justin met his 2-year-old service dog, there was an instant connection and a nice bond blossomed between them.
Gabe has been a vital part of Justin’s everyday activities since then, and he has been his constant companion and loyal buddy.
Justin stated, ”
«It assists me in a variety of ways. As I move closer to the ground, I may utilize it as a secure platform to support myself. If I fall, he rushes to my side, where I may lean on him for assistance and get myself off the ground.
Justin wanted to propose to his girlfriend Carol, and he did so on Veterans Day with a little help from Gabe, and she accepted.
Gabe attended Justin and Carol’s wedding in Largo, Florida, a year later, as one of the ceremony’s most prominent guests.