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My name is Jason Cooper and I’m a former Reconnaissance Marine, who separated from the Marine Corps as a decorated veteran, having served multiple deployments. I am now a disabled veteran.
I would like a service dog for the following reasons:
I suffered a traumatic brain injury and as a result, have a poor short term memory. A service dog would make me more comfortable, allowing me to go out when my caregiver is busy.
I am crippled and my balance is unsteady at time, a service dog would help me overcome this disability.
I have severe PTSD and a service dog would be beneficial for my emotional well-being.
I am no longer in “the prime of my life” and therefore feel vulnerable at times. A service dog would help relieve some of this anxiety. As a result of being hit by a car in 2013, a service dog would allow me to feel more confident when crossing the street.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be considered for a service dog under the PAWZ program. This means a lot to me, and I hope to be able to repay, in some way, in the future.
Hello, my name is Maria Kosiek. I’m 50 years young and a Navy Veteran. I spent 6 years in the Navy before I lost my 3rd medical board and had to get out. This was from 1983-1989. I had been a bystander to an explosion that happened while in Italy. I had to be medevaced out of Italy because I couldn’t breath.
Now I’m fighting just to keep moving. The chemicals that I inhaled 20 something years ago are now wreaking havoc on my body. I suffer from fibromyalgia; idiopathic peripheral neuropathy in both feet; both knees have now been replaced, I have degenerative back disease. My lower back is a mess, doing anything for more than 15 minutes is painful. My right arm is in the beginnings of idiopathic neuropathy and I’m starting to drop things. I only have a third of my lung capacity, giving me reactive airways disease.
I had a stroke in 2006, which has made life hard due to loss of short term memory and loss of some mental capacities causing me to quit being a physics tutor, as I can only do 8th grade math now. Just writing this bio has been difficult, trying to think, which give me migraines. On top of all this, I suffer from PTSD/MST. I was doing well with this until I was attacked last October. The past year I have been a recluse in my home and have recently relocated to Oceanside, to be with my son.
So you now understand why I would be so appreciative of receiving a beautiful, talented dog. I know that I’m not a complete person anymore and feel that a service dog would help me. Please consider assisting me.
Alex grew up in northern California playing soccer and competing for his High School Ski Team. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent much of his early career based at Camp Pendleton, CA. His high aptitude for mechanics got him assigned as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Mechanic. Alex served with distinction and was recognized with promotions and ever increasing responsibilities over the years, alternating between overseas deployments and assignments on Camp Pendleton. Following multiple deployments during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan – where he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant.
Alex and his family (spouse & two sons) relocated to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, CA where the toll of his nearly two decades of combat service began to become more evident in his daily life. Chronic pain from back injuries, and constant anxiety challenged him day-by-day, and step-by-step. They interfered with his work and have kept him from being the dad he wants to be to his sons. “It’s hard to go anywhere alone. I have to depend on my family. And I’m more accustomed to taking charge of situations and circumstances, to being in a leading role.” His doctors recommended a Service Dog to assist him with his progressive health challenges but Alex was shocked to learn how hard it was to find a legitimate and trustworthy source. That’s when he met a Veteran with a dog at Best Buy. CST accepted Alex into the PAWZ for Wounded Veterans program. He is encouraged that his imminent retirement will be vastly improved with a Service Dog that will restore his mobility & independence.
On a normal day in 2001, Katherine called in sick to work thinking she had the flu, but it was unlike any flu she'd ever had. She quickly became too sick to work or do household chores. She was diagnosed with Lyme’s Disease and several other complications that accompany it. Sixteen years later, she still experiences flu like symptoms daily, along with many other symptoms that come and go.
Katherine was able to get a service dog from Canine Support Teams in 2005. She told us, "I had no idea what good medicine a Service Dog would be in my life."
Rosie became Katherine's companion and partner in routine daily activities. She helped Katherine get up when she fell, to get up from a chair when needed; she was there when Katherine fell in a creek and needed her assistance to get back up.
Katherine learned to take better care of herself because she needed to be well enough for ROSIE. She no longer allowed herself to overdo it, which would normally result in being down for several days.
ROSIE served Katherine faithfully for eleven years. ROSIE passed away last year and Katherine has missed her loving partner every day since.
I was born & raised in Monterey County, CA. I was planning to attend school to study physical therapy when I was diagnosed with scoliosis and arthritis that prevented me from attending school or going to work. Those two conditions combined with other medical issues make it difficult for me to grasp and hold items. Even with these challenges, I enjoy spending time with my family and going for walks on the beautiful beaches in Monterey.
I am currently relying on my family to assist me but I would like to be more independent. This is why I would like to have a Service Dog; one that could help me retrieve the items that I drop (because of my tremors) or can't hold. Also, a Service Dog would decrease the emotional stress that make my condition worse. A Service Dog would be my partner, helping me throughout the day.
I would like to return to being a contributing member of my community and a Service Dog would help me reach that goal. I am extremely grateful to be given this opportunity, and I thank you for your support.
Karen received her first Service Dog from Canine Support Teams in 2004. SYDNEY served Karen faithfully for over ten years before he passed. To compound her grief, Karen fell and broke her hip just two days after losing SYDNEY. As is often the case, Karen's disabilities worsened over the years but SYDNEY made it tolerable. His loss was a stark reminder to Karen of her disabilities. The long-standing, trust relationship she had built with her partner to help her in her daily activities was now gone. Simple, routine tasks were once again impossible without assistance.
Please help Karen achieve her goal to receive a Successor Dog (not a replacement, because no dog can ever take the place of a beloved partner) so she can begin anew with freedom & independence.
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