GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - One wounded combat veteran was honored in Gulfport with a life changing gift on Sunday. Rex Allen's military career ended in Afghanistan after he was involved in an IED explosion.
Soon after that, he got in contact with the Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi. The nonprofit immediately wanted to help.
With the partnership of Mississippi Music and Kings Second Chance, the organization was able to present Allen with a service dog and a guitar. Allen says he now considers this organization a part of his family.
"For a veteran to have a good family, that's the world, but you see so many that don't have that. You know spouses leave, husbands leave. They don't want to deal with what the veteran's going through lots of times, whatever it is, from the smallest thing to the worst thing. To have honest people, knowing they're there is great," said Allen.
Allen keeps a detailed list of organizations that help wounded veterans, and he says he would refer anyone to the Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi.