Sean McKinnon with his BRAVEHOUND dog Maggie (Image: Sean McKinnon). Story by By Ginny Sanderson

A Scottish man with PTSD said receiving a therapy dog from a veteran’s charity “totally changed” his life – and he is calling for volunteers to help more people like him.

Sean McKinnon said his BRAVEHOUND retriever Maggie pulled him “out of a ditch” and made him feel “not as broken anymore”.

The 58-year-old grandfather from East Kilbride served as an aircraft handler in the Royal Navy for almost 20 years, and had harrowing experiences in the first Gulf War and Northern Ireland.

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After being discharged with a broken neck, he struggled to adjust to civilian life and was eventually diagnosed with PTSD, which led to heavy drinking, anxiety, depression and being unable to leave the house.

Sean said: “The world collapsed around me, because that was my life. It was my world, it was everything. From that to absolutely nothing, it was very strange”.

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