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The keynote speaker at this year's BVA Members' Day was Allen Parton, founder of the charity Hounds for Heroes, which trains assistance dogs for disabled service personnel and members of the civilian emergency services in the UK. He was inspired to create the charity following his experiences with Endal, an assistance dog.
Mr Parton, a former weapons electrical engineer in the Royal Navy, had volunteered for the first Gulf War in 1991. He described how an operational incident had left him in hospital for five years; he lost his memory, his emotions and his mobility. During his time in hospital, he made two suicide attempts as he …
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