Paul Wilkie served in the army for 22 years – and saw action in the Falklands, Bosnia and Iraq.
An incident after he left the military sparked flashbacks from his time in the Balkans.
With the support of Irma – and his duck North who always joins them on their walks – Paul’s learning to cope with his illness. Irma was given to the Paul by Bravehound – a charity donates dogs to veterans who need support, last year.
As well as offering companionship – the veterans are encouraged to train the dogs – helping them with their transition to civilian life.
Irma has now been recognised for helping Paul’s recovery – by being named the UK’s most caring animal.
And Paul says the relationship they’ve built over the past twelve months has had a big impact.