Though he lived with PTSD, Mike never showed any signs of behavioral problems, according to Bessler, who respectfully wants an explanation from the man who killed his dog.
"I would like to take a civil avenue to go after him - the gentleman that shot him - because Mike was a retired military officer," Bessler told the local newspaper.
Mike's military title ranks him above his human counterpart in the army, which customarily honors dogs with high positions in order to promote respect for them.
Despite his title, Mike still became the victim of human cruelty, and Bessler is left mourning the dog who meant so much to him. In a July interview with the Washington Post, Bessler spoke of the many ways Mike had saved his life. The article reads: