Veteran graduates college with help of service dog

Veteran Stefanie Marvin-Miller and her service dog, Leland, walked across the stage at Middle Tennessee State University's graduation.
1:38 | 05/21/22

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- Finally tonight, a special dog taking center stage, credited with helping a military veteran reclaim her life. Stephanie Marvin-Miller joined the Army National Guard when she started college as a freshman. For 5 and 1/2 years, she served as a human resource specialist. But then during her service in 2016, she experienced a life-altering trauma. - It was hard. And I didn't even think I could go to college. LINSEY DAVIS: She says she suffered PTSD so paralyzing, she couldn't even leave home. - I would have night terrors that were so awful, and they bled into the daytime. [RELAXING MUSIC] - But in 2018 Stephanie met a lovable yellow lab named Leland the service dog she credits with saving her life. The two connected through Southeastern Guide Dogs as part of a Veteran Program for PTSD. STEFANIE MARVIN-MILLER: He's done so much. I can go grocery shopping. I was able to go back to college. LINSEY DAVIS: For the past two years with Leland right by her side, they attended every lecture, every class and study session together. STEFANIE MARVIN-MILLER: He helps with flashbacks. He's even helped me focus in class. LINSEY DAVIS: So it was only fitting that come graduation day, when Stephanie received her bachelor's degree at Middle Tennessee State University, Leland was draped in a gown too, crossing the stage together as the speaker called out both of their names. SPEAKER: Stephanie and Marvin-Miller and Leland Marvin-Miller. [APPLAUSE] - My tears started flowing then. And they didn't stop until I was back in my seat. - Love to see his little tail wagging there. Thanks so much for watching. I'm Linsey Davis. For David and all of us, goodnight.

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