And despite the fact that he has a loving family, he is still ridden with crippling attacks and bad dreams due to the men and women that were lost while fighting. During an interview he said, “I woke up numerous times, hitting my wife for her just laying there or just in a cold sweat”.

For that reason, he was given a service dog by the name of Gumbo, a black lab who has the ability to sense Erik’s emotions and help relieve him of stress. In fact, while Erik talks of his experiences, his body begins to tense up and one can actively see Gumbo in action, helping his best friend through the pain. It is truly an amazing occurrence to witness.

See the stunning video below, and if you’ve absolutely loved it, be sure to share it with your family and friends. Additionally, let’s take a moment to thank those great servicemen and women for all of their hard work and dedication—they really are true heroes.