Parrots for Patriots: How rescued birds are helping veterans heal

For decades after leaving the Marines, Douglas Ladd of Portland, Oregon, struggled with anger and other emotional issues.

Now he’s found something to help: a bare-eyed cockatoo named Cleopatra.

“You can’t get mad at her because she’s a bird,” Ladd, 62, told TODAY. “People you can get mad at, because they’re supposed to know better.”

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