Tonja Myles, a former La. Army National Guard military police officer who suffers from PTSD from her past traumas including attempted suicide, and childhood and adult sexual abuse, traveled to Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on Thursday, July 28, 2022, to receive her new emotional support service dog Misty, a three-year-old Australian Shepherd trained by inmate Randy Finch in the PAWS (Prisoners Assisting Warriors Service) program at at Angola.
Myles pledged to the inmates in the PAWS program that she would spread the word about their work training service dogs for placement to veterans.
Her mission, she said, is 'healing while helping,' and Misty 'will help me help,' as she speaks to others as a mental health advocate.
Myles is also an ordained minister, author, community activist and peer counselor who brings decades of experience as a recovering addict to a faith-based approach to substance abuse recovery and community assistance.