By Mike Bush
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The place: Helen Fitzgeralds Grill and Pub in South County
The target: Marine Cpl. Justin McLoud
“These young men and women give so much and to be able to give something back to them,” says Sue McNamara. “It’s an amazing feeling.”
Sue McNamara is a self-described amateur dog trainer with ties to the military.
“We are a military family,” she explains. “The last five of six generations have served.”
Through her work with the non-profit Joshua Chamberlain Society she heard that Cpl. McLoud was interested in getting a service dog. Its her connections that made this mission possible.
We’ve been following the journey of Cpl. Justin McLoud since 2010. We were in San Diego, where the now 26 year old was learning to use his prosthetics after being badly wounded in northern Afghanistan.
“The first mission we went out on,” he recalled. “I’d say 200 meters outside the wire we got ambushed.”
The third battalion, 5th Marines out of Camp Pendleton, California drew one of the wars most deadly assignments, pushing Taliban fighters out the area.
“If you’re heads not in the game, you’re definitely going to mess up,” said Cpl. McLoud.
McLoud was the point man on foot patrols, meaning he was upfront in charge of navigation. In early December of 2010 while crossing a bridge, a member of his squad didn’t see the road side bomb.
“He stepped on it and then I got hit, it threw me up in the air. I landed and tried to pick up my weapon. That’s when I could tell
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