BRAD, I SAT AND CRIED FOR THIRTY MINUTES AFTER SPEAKING TO YOU ON THE PHONE . THE THOUGHT OF SOMEONE HAVING MY BACK THAT CAN REALLY UNDERSTAND MY STRESS LEVEL WHEN I LEAVE MY HOUSE, WHEN I LAY IN BED WITH MY NIGHT LIGHT ON, WHEN I COME CRASHING OUT OF A NIGHTMARE, CHECKING EXITS WHEN I ENTER ANY BUILDING, AND MOST OF ALL PEOPLE NEAR/BEHIND ME. PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND…
I JUST SPOKE TO MY DOCTOR TODAY ABOUT HOW MANY MEDS I’M ON AND WHY SO MANY. HE SAYS I NEED THEM AND THE THERAPIST, AND I SAID I’M TIRED OF ALL THE DAMN DRUGS AND TELLING PEOPLE HOW I FEEL. THEN THIS LADY TOLD ME MAYBE I SHOULD SEE ABOUT GETTING A SERVICE DOG….
THEN YOU SENT THIS EMAIL AND YOU ARE GIVING ME HOPE THAT I COULD GET OFF AT LEAST SOME OF THE DRUGS AND FEEL SOME TYPE OF COMFORT/SAFETY IN MY LIFE.
I KNOW YOU HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING YET BUT THANK YOU FOR ALL SOLDIERS AND VETERANS
I enjoyed talking to you also. I filled out and submitted my application to you. My PTSD doctor is out of town for two weeks on vacation and as soon as she returns, I will have her fill out her portion. I read the other information and am looking forward to the next chapter in my life with my new battle buddy. No matter if it’s a boy or girl, I’m going to name it “Semper” (as in Semper Fi) in honor of the 18 brothers I lost. I was a combat medic in Iraq and an engineer with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Forward. You never unsee or forget the horrific tragedies, stop seeing the bloody bodies or hearing the screams, the explosions or the gun fire. I wish that I had Semper now, before the 4th of July weekend but I’ll patiently wait. I wanted you to know that I greatly appreciate what your service offers to combat veterans and the incredible surge of hope that I now feel thanks to your organization. I know it might take awhile to get through the training but I’m pretty damn stubborn and patient when it comes to animals and kids. For what you do for me, I will succeed. Again, thank you for speaking with me and understanding my plight, the anxiety, nightmares, crowds, weird shopping hours, crowds, etc. The fact that you do all of this at no cost to me, I can train locally and I don’t have to stay in a strange place or travel far is just astounding! The bonus is that I get to have Semper with me the whole time, every day and night, 24/7/365. I’m so ready to get started.