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Military Life

139 EpisodesProduced by Beck RaynerWebsite

Welcome to the Military Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Australian Military partners.Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life (Defence Life), juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I. Let's connect and support each other by telling our … read more


78.Maxx the service dog saved my Husband

In this week's podcast episode, I talk to Army spouse Mel about a service dog called Maxx and how he saved her husband.


Mel and I also talk about;

  • What it's like when your Husband deploys every two years
  • Her Husband's decision to be proactive in seeking mental health support
  • Why a service dog was the right fit for her Husband and their family
  • The Defence Community Dog program and the support the Defence Bank Foundation gives the program
  • The impact Maxx has had on her Husband's everyday life and their family life
  • The type of support Maxx provides and why Mel being the third wheel is a good thing

Maxx was matched with Damien through the Defence Community Dog Program, a program that is funded by the Defence Bank Foundation

The DCD program provides highly trained service dogs to serving and ex-serving ADF members who need support to deal with injuries and illnesses including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Every dog in the program is rescued from a pound or shelter and trained at the Bathurst Correctional Centre with the assistance of professional dog trainers and inmates at the centre.

The admin costs to run the Defence Bank Foundation are met by Defence Bank to make sure that all donated funds are provided to the Defence Community Dog program.   Visit to make a donation or to find out more info.
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