Young Veteran Suffers From PTSD, Then Goes Wild When He Gets A Puppy

This veteran’s family wanted to cheer him up with a special gift

Many veterans and military personnel returning to civilian life find it difficult to adapt. It’s not uncommon for them to suffer from anxiety, depression and PTSD. We have to do all we can to help them feel better, and sometimes, a special gift can make a world of difference.


Peter Coukolis had been serving with the Marines for some time, when he was finally able to return home to Tallahassee, Florida. Like many other veterans, Peter found it difficult to re-adapt to normal life. He also suffered from PTSD, which made him feel very depressed and anxious.

Peter’s mom, Dena, decided to try to find a way of cheering him up. She bought a Beagle puppy and kept it hidden away as a special surprise. Dena hoped that the pet would help Peter feel less lonely and scared.

Then, just a few weeks before the holidays, the family got together and handed Peter a present. In the video, we see Peter look at the box as if he knows exactly what’s inside, but his reaction when he opens it is simply priceless. As soon as he spots the dog, he breaks down into tears of joy.



Dena said, “The puppy has already changed Peter’s life; it has made him happy after a very difficult three years.”

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