I had the honor of photographing with former Marine Corps medic Jacob Hyde and his dog, Mya, for the touching piece “Healed in Action” in the June issue of Southwest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine. The feature, written by Kate Silver, tells of Jacob’s harrowing tour of duty in Iraq, his struggles with post tramatic stress disorder, and the prisoner-trained service dog that has helped him heal. This is a timely story, as our country’s veterans are suffering record levels of PTSD–an affliction that can often exceed the horrors of a physical wound.

On Memorial Day, I wrote to Jacob to thank him for his sacrifices and asked how we might help his fellow veterans who are struggling. He asked that donations be sent to support the service-dog training program Puppies Behind Bars.

For the cover image in St. George, Utah, I shot the scene against a backlit hillside, using a Hensel Lithium Porty 12 strobe and Westcott Octobank for fill on the right side. Photo taken with the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III camera and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens, 1/200th sec at f/5.6, ISO 200.