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Soldier, dog program to appear on ‘Oprah’

May 15, 2009

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An Ottawa soldier injured while serving in Iraq will appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” today.

Kansas National Guard Sgt. Allen Hill received a traumatic brain injury after an improvised explosive device detonated when he was on patrol with the 731st Transportation Company in Iraq in 2007.

He now suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.

But Hill is getting some help in his recovery thanks to his constant companion, Frankie.

The yellow Labrador retriever service dog was trained through Puppies Behind Bars.

The program trains inmates to raise puppies that then become service dogs for wounded veterans or other disabled people. Some of the puppies also are trained to become explosive detection canines for law enforcement.

Hill described his experience on the Oprah show as surreal.

“She couldn’t get her questions out because she was busy sobbing,” he said.

The show’s airtimes include a 4 p.m. broadcast on Sunflower Broadband channel 9.

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