Marines are known for their commitment, their determination, and their will to win. But not every fight happens on the battlefield.
 
Wil finished his stint in the Marine Corp, but post-traumatic stress meant his battles were far from over. Nearby in Pinellas County, Florida, Bella the German Shepherd was facing her own challenges. She was set loose by her owner and was shuffled between several animal shelters before arriving at K9 Partners for Patriots, where she was trained to be a service dog. It was there that Wil and Bella met.
 
A $10,000 Banfield Foundation Veterinary Assistance Grant helps Bella receive preventive care that Wil could otherwise not afford—thanks to this grant, Bella can stay with Wil and provide the support and stability he both needs and deserves.


Photo by Seth Casteel