(CBS) – Two veterans of war have found each other.
David Sapyta served in Vietnam. Lucy, his dog, served in Afghanistan. By adopting Lucy, David helped save her life.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Lake-Effect Snow On The Way With 6 To 8 Inches Possible In Some Areas; Winter Storm Warning Issued
CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says they are both someone you should know.
You could say it is a perfect destiny for these two war veterans. David, who served in the 101st Airborne Rangers and earned two Purple Hearts and, Lucy, a German Shepherd that served five years in Afghanistan sniffing out land mines.
David came home to Downers Grove, but Lucy almost became a casualty of convenience.
“After they are done with their service it’s too expensive to bring the dogs home — that’s the end of their life,” he says.
Lucy was among 10 dogs who were rescued in Afghanistan and transported to Texas, where David met the 8-year-old, Dutch-born canine.READ MORE: Two Men Shot Dead In Car In Ravenswood; Car Goes On To Crash And Catch Fire
“I feel that, as a fellow veteran, that she should have a life after service, too,” David says.
Life after service for Lucy means a continuous treatment for an eye infection.
She’s trained not to bark. She’s also trained to walk at the left side of her owner, the way she did when she was on duty as a land-mine dog.
As with many Vietnam veterans, David is still tormented by nightmares of war. So is his dog.
Lynn Sapyta, David’s wife, says: “They kind of comfort each other.”MORE NEWS: Pair Charged In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega Denied Bail; Accused Teen Gunman Committed Three Previous Carjackings, Prosecutors Say
One group working to bring both service dogs and soldier pets to the U.S. from Afghanistan is Puppy Rescue Mission. Click here to learn more.