Sully the service dog of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lays in front of Bush's casket as it lies in state inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 4, 2018. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lifting his thick paw to shake, former President George H.W. Bush's service dog took an oath to serve at Walter Reed National Medical Center on Wednesday, embarking on a new job helping disabled American veterans and active-duty service members.

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U.S. Air Force/Sgt. Lilliana Moreno

A siren or alarm can trigger Sandra Ewing’s reflexes, making her believe she is back in Afghanistan.

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Paws of War

Zack McEntire is fighting battles on two fronts, serving in Afghanistan and finding a way to bring his beloved puppy home when his tour ends in about a month.

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If you want something to take your mind off the workday grind, look no further.

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Associated Press photo by Allen G. Breed

When Greg Wells came home from Afghanistan in 2012, he didn’t want to leave his house.

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Photo courtesy of K9s For Warriors

For some veterans struggling with the lingering wounds from their military service, they’ve found support and companionship in man’s best friend. While service dogs come in many shapes, sizes, and perform different roles depending on their handler’s needs, there is a growing number of groups training service dogs to assist military veterans.

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