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.
Johnny Crittendon was born in August 1939 to Perry and Cecilia Crittendon; he is one of eight children. He left his native New Mexico at age three when his family relocated to Southern California. He attended school in San Bernardino and Burbank. Upon graduation from high school in 1957, Johnny enlisted in the US Air Force where he served for 36 years, both active duty and reserves.
While stationed in Guam, Johnny was assigned TDY to Thailand to fly rescue missions over North Viet Nam. He then put in request for flight engineer school and became a Flight Engineer on the C-141 Aircraft stationed in Georgia. He flew numerous missions all over the world, many of them to Viet Nam. After twelve years of active duty, he transitioned to the Air Force Reserves at Norton Air Base, CA. While serving in the USAF Reserves, Johnny also served as a Sky Marshall, US Customs Inspector and retired as a SENIOR Customs Inspector in 1986. He returned to full time USAF Reserve work, retiring in 1993 with over 8,000 flying hours in the C-141.
In 2010, Johnny was hospitalized for nearly eight months by a heart attack and then diagnosed with Diabetes – both complications from exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Viet Nam.
Upon release, Johnny required 24 hour nursing care. He has since progressed and now requires on 9 hours of daily care. In November 2010, he received a powered wheel chair from the VA, due to his disabilities. He is seeking a service dog to improve his mobility and independence.
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.
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