Cory and Ali bond
 
Corporal Cory Bracy, USMC may understand the meaning of the old
saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend” more than most as a Marine who trains with dogs who will deploy into combat.
 
Training with Ali in Yuma
 

In 2008, Cory worked at the USMC Specialized Search Dog School
where he was introduced to Ali. Ali was one of the dogs being trained to go
into combat, but when the time came to deploy, he did not make the cut. Cory
was forced to deploy with another dog, Blade, leaving Ali stateside.

 
Cory deploys with Blade
 

During the deployment, Cory and Blade were hit by an IED. Cory now
struggles with a traumatic brain injury and several other medical problems.
Blade survived the blast but, as a result, became severely aggressive.

With Cory’s injuries, he looked to adopt a service dog to help him
with his stability and it only seemed fitting to adopt one of the dogs he had
trained with. Blade’s aggressiveness wouldn’t allow him to be adopted, but the
kennels have allowed Cory the opportunity to adopt his first dog, Ali, in his
stead.

To support Cory’s use of a service dog, Hope For The Warriors®
purchased the required dog harness needed for Cory’s stability and balance.
Providing the harness is just one way that Hope For The Warriors® aims to
restore self, family and hope for wounded service members, their families, and
families of the fallen.

We are pleased that Ali’s adoption will soon be complete and Hope
For The Warriors® hopes that this harness will help the two friends remain
happy and healthy together for years to come.