Sully, the famous and loyal service dog of late George H. W. Bush, has recently started his new assignment of helping military veterans in need of support.
The Labrador Retriever attended on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, his Welcome Aboard Ceremony at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Sully joined the institute's Facility Dog Program, where he will serve as a source of comfort to many veterans during their rehabilitation at the Walter Reed Center.
ALWAYS READY TO HELP
"In his new role, Sully will visit injured veterans, helping to provide comfort during rehabilitation center sessions and visit with families during what can be an emotional and very difficult time."
Valerie Cramer, People, December 19, 2018
Cramer, Sully's trainer at America's VetDogs, claimed that, by helping military veterans, Sully would be fulfilling former President Bush's request.
At the ceremony, the well-behaved Labrador was presented with the rank of Hospital Corpsman Second Class (HM2), as well as a pin that was promptly placed on Sully's vest.
BUSH AND SULLY'S SPECIAL BOND
Although Sully and Bush were only together for six months, the two had a beautiful friendship and they were always spotted together, even when Bush voted during the midterm elections last year.
Sully's devotion to Bush was astounding and was heartbreaking to see the Labrador lying next to the 41st U.S. President's coffin during his memorial service at the Rotunda in December.
After Bush's passing, Sully went back to America's VetDogs, in New York City, where he continued his training under Cramer's guidance, getting ready for his next assignment.
SAYING GOODBYE TO THE BUSH FAMILY
But before starting his brand new mission, Sully had the opportunity to be with Bush's granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, and her children, Mila and Poppy, one last time during a segment on the "Today" show.
Not only that, but the Labrador also got to meet the man he was named after, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who managed to land a passenger jet on the Hudson River back in 2009.
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