The Team: K9 Karma meets her new handler and companion Brian Kornse.

Brian Kornse:

Dogs2DogTags Host and Hall Of Fame Quarterback Brett Favre has the honor of introducing former US Army 101’st Airborne Veteran Brian Kornse to his new service dog Karma.

Tune in to Petco‘s 4Outdoors Featuring Dogs2DogTags Episode 3 and watch Brian Kornse talk about his time as a K9 handler while on active duty, his transition and adjustment to civilian life.

Brian Kornse is a retired soldier from the 101st Army Airborne Division, where he and his dog were credited for saving countless lives.

Karma’s trainer, Jessie Richards, talks about the criteria for how service dogs are selected and trained. You won’t believe how much the vet bills, training, food and travel add up!

The best part is watching the new team meet for the first time knowing Brian’s quality of life will grow in immeasurable ways having Karma in his life.

“What will getting this dog mean for you?” asks Brett Favre.

“In the long term it’s going to help me out emotionally, and be able to go back to that feeling that I had when I was a dog handler, and be able to function in society, and just be able to go day-to-day, and feel like life is a lot better than it used to be,” says Brian Kornse.

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About Dogs2DogTags: Torre’s Story

The idea for Dogs2DogTags came to Torre Willadsen when he was deployed as a civilian contractor working with military dogs in 2012. During his time with the 7th Marines, he developed close bonds with dogs and dog handlers alike, and when dog handler Chris Van Etten was wounded, Torre worked hard to help keep Chris and his dog Harley together during Chris’ recovery. Torre suspected—and then saw firsthand—the profound effect a canine companion could have on a wounded man’s frame of mind at a difficult time. And that’s when Torre knew that he wanted to bring that kind of unconditional support to those back home struggling with post-traumatic stress.