Lee Hatt volunteered at Dog Nation for two and a half years before becoming a resident on the premises, where Abell eventually hopes to house other war veterans. He describes his pit bull, Mason, as a "comfort dog," soothing the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms he's experienced since returning from combat in 2012.
"If I go out in public, he helps prevent me from getting angry or lashing out at others," Hatt told The Dodo. In just a few months' time, he said, Mason has taught him how to better communicate with people. And training dogs to help others in need, he said, is very gratifying.