Disabled Veteran & His Dog Find a Job -- Thanks to This Awesome Company

Clay Luthy is a veteran and dad of three who works at a home improvement store with his service dog
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Finding a job these days can be incredibly hard, especially if you need one that offers flexibility should you require special assistance. Clay Luthy understands this struggle quite well, as the former air force loadmaster needs his service dog after he injured both of his knees while in service -- requiring five surgeries. (Yikes!) Unable to reenlist, Clay (who joined the military in response to 9/11) spent time seeking employment and hit the jackpot at one of his favorite stores. This photo of the veteran dad of three working with his service dog at Lowe's Home Improvement in Abilene, Texas, has gone viral -- for so many amazing reasons.


Aside from being an awesome feel-good story that touches your heart, Clay and his 10-year-old golden retriever, Charlotte, seem to be an amazing dynamic duo (Luthy is a flex team member who assists customers around the store) and a testament that having a disability and needing assistance from time to time does not make you unable to complete as task.

Lowe's patron Judy Dechert Rose captured this pic of Clay with his trusty gal. "This is a disabled vet who struggled to get a job because he needs his service dog! Lowes hired them BOTH!!" Rose captioned the photo.

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Jay Fellers, a human resources manager for Lowe's, tells KIDY Fox: "... they [Clay and Charlotte] were the best person for the job. So, we went through the interview process and Clay and his own merit won the job. And we knew he was gonna make a great employee – we just got the benefit of getting Charlotte right along with him."


I can only imagine the smiles Clay and Charlotte bring to customers' faces -- including children -- as Luthy mentions to the Abilene Reporter-News, "Everybody loves Charlotte."

(Clay also says that his service dog comes in handy with families, as Charlotte keeps the kids occupied while parents search for the items they need.)

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One can only imagine how great it is for this dad of three to work in a store he frequents so much (the discounts, oh the discounts!) and to be able to do so with his service dog by his side. Not only does Charlotte bring Clay physical support (he says she helps him back on his feet if he falls), but emotional support, too. "I found a way to have a productive life, and my prescription is four-legged," Luthy says to KIDY Fox.

This story is incredibly heartwarming and such a perfect reminder to keep our vets and servicemen and servicewomen close to our hearts. It's also a great teaching moment for our sons and daughters who need to understand that people with differences are just as wonderful and capable as everyone else -- and that we should never give up in the face of hardship and difficulty.

(I'm sure Clay's children already know he's a rock star.)

We need more stories like this, and kindness and love and support for everyone. 

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