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Service dog helped retired Marine from Williamsburg overcome PTSD, he says at branch celebration

Service dog helped retired Marine from Williamsburg overcome PTSD, he says at branch celebration

It took Williamsburg native Jason Haag 10 years to face the shadow of post traumatic stress disorder that had taken over his life. 

The Marine's nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks and severe depression weren't being controlled by the more than 30 prescriptions he took every day. He'd wash the medication down with alcohol, trying to erase the fear and pain from three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Since being shot and having an RPG missile explode near his head, leaving him deaf in one ear, Haag suffers from PTSD, a chronic mental health disorder that develops after a terrifying ordeal that involves physical harm or the threat of physical harm. 

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