Bill McCabe, Deputy Director of Policy & Government Affairs and Benjamin Lewis, a Navy veteran, along with his dog Bergen enjoyed talking to ST Engineering President Tim McBride and ST Engineering North America staff.
With over 1500 days of deployment experience, Benjamin Lewis has served in the Navy for over 8 years as a Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewman (SWCC) with Special Boat Teams (SBT) 20 and 22. Multiple war injuries, but fortunately he still has all his fingers and toes. He is one of only three original 12-man team members still alive. Seven of them committed suicide during a three-year span. The remaining 2 were Killed in Action (KIA). He had struggled for years with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and suicidal tendencies. Through pairing him with Bergen, K9s for Warriors has played a significant role in his healthcare. Bergen accompanies Benjamin everywhere. He gives him the means to resume living the way he did before his military service. He keeps him optimistic and makes each day exciting. Bergen is a 95-pound yellow lab.