Eric Deckeris a dog lover with a soft spot in his heart for military veterans.

His grandfather and great uncle served in World War II, his aunt and uncle served in the Gulf War and the father of his wife — country music singer Jessie James — is an Air Force colonel.

A few years ago the couple watched a news report about a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and apparently preparing to commit suicide. As the veteran put a gun to his head, his service dog, as he was trained, placed his paw on the veteran's shoulder and looked him in the eye.

The dog's action, the veteran said, prevented him from pulling the trigger.