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Iraq Veteran Darin Walker Could Lose Therapy Ducks In Dispute With Town

Posted by on Monday, July 21st, 2014 @ 11:55 am.

The Huffington Post | By Ed Mazza
Posted: 07/21/2014 4:06 am EDT

duckDarin Welker, a veteran of the Iraq War, says he relies on 14 pet ducks for comfort and physical therapy, but by keeping the birds, he's running afoul of local laws.

As a result, the village of West Lafayette, Ohio, is trying to make the 36-year-old ditch his ducks.

Welker told the Coshocton Tribune that he served nearly a year in Iraq in 2005 andcame home with a bad back. While the Department of Veterans Affairs paid for his back surgery in 2012, the agency ducked his doctor's request for physical therapy.

In addition, Welker says he's facing both depression and post-traumatic stress, conditions that are eased by his 10 Pekin ducks and four mallards.

“Taking care of them is both mental and physical therapy,” Welker told the Tribune. “(Watching them) keeps you entertained for hours at a time.”

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