Vet with PTSD allowed to take service dog to work

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — The Iraq War veteran with PTSD who was told he couldn’t bring his service dog to work said his employer has had a change of heart.

Ray Kirby said Friday the Brian Center nursing home, where he works as a nurse, will allow him to bring Doc inside his workplace.

Doc is a golden retriever trained to keep Ray calm. Doc can sense when Kirby is on the verge of a PTSD episode and gives him a nudge.

The Brian Center also will make a donation to Patriot Rovers, the company that trained Doc.

Kirby, a combat medic in Iraq for four years, said other dogs were allowed inside the facility. We first brought you his story last week.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, which includes dogs that help calm people with PTSD, requires businesses to allow service animals wherever the public can go.

Kirby had been placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday while the parties tried to work out a solution. Company officials previously said they were trying to balance Kirby’s needs with the needs of residents and other employees.

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