Once suicidal, Marine veteran finds peace thanks to service dog: 'She saved me'

Veteran John Welch spent decades of his life assuming that suicidal thoughts, depression and anger issues were simply something he had to live with — but today he knows better.

Welch, who lives in Commack, New York, and served in the Marines in the 1980s, thinks of his life in two parts: the man he was before he met his service dog, Onyx, in April, and the man he is now.

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