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"He's going to get me out and normal again:" Local Marine surprised with service dog named Tango

WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A special day for a local hero. A veteran in Pewaukee now has a new helper and companion.

 After two years of patiently waiting, Shawn Dalton is not only shocked but grateful for his new companion.

At a conference hosted by Fairway Mortage Company's American Warrior Initiative, guests filled the room with applause as Marine Shawn Dalton was surprised with his service dog Tango who was donated by the organization.

Tango was trained at Madison-based "Custom Canines Service Dogs Academy" where volunteers work with each dog to meet the needs of their future owners.

Dalton faced trauma while overseas and he says having a service dog will help ease his nerves.

"He's going to get me out in public again which is going to be my biggest step that I'm going be able to take. I've been a hermit for the last several years so he's going to get me out and normal again," said Dalton.

Dalton still has to train with Tango for six months before he can officially take his dog home. 

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