Pechanga Resort and Casino hires veterans with service dogs

Posted at 4:53 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 21:15:24-04

TEMECULA, Calif. (KGTV) - A Marine Corps veteran who relies on a service dog found a new job and a new life at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula.

John Tipton had several deployments during his 22-year career. After retirement, his memories came back. He found that he couldn’t leave home anymore. That’s when he was paired up with Daisy, his service dog.

Tipton and Daisy now conduct patrols as part of Pechanga’s security team.

“I was at a job fair in Camp Pendleton and we were recruiting for regular security officers for the property and one of the recurring things that I noticed was a lot of the men and women who had just recently come back from deployment,” said Robert Krauss, Vice President of Public Safety. “One of the reoccurring things I noticed, and you can see in their face that there was they didn’t think anyone wanted them.”

Tipton said each step is therapy.

“I mean this is… you can’t put a price tag on it. You really cannot put a price tag on a veteran having the ability to have a job,” Tipton said. “It brought me back to being a human again. It brought me back to doing the things that I would normally do again.”