Service Dogs for Veterans

Service Dogs for Veterans

From Ansley Elledge

I have recently been made aware of the numerous struggles that our veterans face everyday. Often times, when we feel helpless, a service dog is the only thing that can make the transition into normal life easier.

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Ansley Elledge posted a new update:
almost 7 years ago

Update #6

Hi Everybody!
Please take five minutes out of your busy days to read my message and visit the website to read more about the personal story of Jason and Axel to find out how you can give your thanks back to our Vets.

These past few weeks have seen a lull in donations for the estimated 500,000 veterans that currently suffer from PTSD. These brave men and women protect us and give us the everyday rights that we often take for granted, yet most are unwilling to give up a week of coffee, one nail appointment or even a trip to the movies to show their thanks.The fact is that approximately 22 of these veterans commit suicide everyday because of the lack of help and care that they are currently receiving. One way to help these soldiers is to recognize their struggle with PTSD, a simple thing that Veterans Affairs Program does not account for or recognize as a disability resulting from war, and do as much as we possibly can to transition them back into normal lives. Like Army Veteran Daniel Somers said, "I am left with basically nothing. Too trapped in war to be at peace, too damaged to be at war", these courageous warriors return home feeling like they are alone, but with our help we can pair them with service dogs who will be their something. These dogs are specially trained to make PTSD victims feel comfortable and be functional in society. They can bring their handlers out of flashbacks, help adjust serotonin levels, lower blood pressure, help with episodes of depression, provide companionship, prevent people from crowding around their handler, and they always have their handler's six (back) to alert their handler when anyone comes up behind them. These dogs are incredible creatures who often make the difference between a veteran who survives at home and one who doesn't. Together we can fight the war for those at home who have fought for us elsewhere. Take a minute to reflect on all of the privileges that you take for granted like taking your children to the park, going out to restaurants for dinner, getting a good night's sleep, going to the grocery store and even being able to watch TV with your family on a Friday night, and try to imagine being deprived of all of these privileges because no one is willing to help you get back on your feet.
Please dig deep and consider giving back to the countless veterans who have spent their lives protecting yours and remember to share this message with your friends and family to help us reach the goal of pairing one service dog with one veteran in need.
Thank you for your ongoing support for my senior project,
Ansley Elledge

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Ansley Elledge posted a new update:
almost 7 years ago

Update #5

During this season of giving, remember to think of your veterans who haven't always gotten to spend the holidays with their families. These brave men and women deserve our support now more than ever so let's all prove that we love our Veterans and they are more than worth the cost of our favorite cup of coffee in the morning! For Christmas this year we can change a life for the better with a trained service dog if we all pitch in! No donation is too large or too small and the Vets appreciate any effort that you can make. Together we can make a difference! Happy Holidays! #Stop22

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Ansley Elledge posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #4

As I have watched everyone reflect over what they're thankful for throughout Thanksgiving weekend and into the end of November, I want to challenge everyone to share their thanks and appreciation to our Veterans. These men and women, some who haven't been able to share or celebrate Thanksgiving with their families every year, have earned us our freedom while losing their own. Service dogs can help our heroes get back on their feet and earn their deserved freedom back, and it is our duty to help in every and any way we can. Together we can make a difference. Share, repost, and donate to this worthy cause to help our Vets in need.

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Ansley Elledge posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #3

We have been making great progress over the past week due to the generosity we feel towards our Veterans. We have noticed that one of our supporters had the great idea of dedicating her donation to a veteran she cares for. Lets start a trend in commenting who our donations are in honor of and get the ball rolling to support our veterans and their furry companions! Together we can make a difference in this season of giving thanks and spreading love! #stop22

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Ansley Elledge posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #2

We apologize for the recent trouble with the link but we appreciate your patience and encourage you to retry your donations to this worthy cause. These veterans need your help and together we can make a difference for them! #Stop22

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Ansley Elledge posted a new update:
about 7 years ago

Update #1

In only two days we've raised over $250 to support our beloved heroes and their furry companions! Lets keep up the good work and get the word out to reach our goal! Together we can make a difference. #stop22

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Mark Degler commented with a $100 donation:
almost 7 years ago
So proud of my Grandaughter for undertaking this worthwhile project. As a veteran myself, it's nice to know that someone cares.
Rachel S commented with a $50 donation:
almost 7 years ago
Good luck with your fundraiser and the rest of your Senior year! Love you!
Sam Surtees commented with a $100 donation:
about 7 years ago
In memory of Lt Col Joseph Scheuerman from his niece, Lisa Surtees
Sam Surtees commented with a $100 donation:
about 7 years ago
In memory of Lt Col Joseph Scheuerman from his nephew Sam Surtees
Sarah Grosse commented with a $50 donation:
about 7 years ago
Good Luck.. a great cause!
Tracy Stevenson commented with a $50 donation:
about 7 years ago
What a terrific idea and project. Our veterans need this.
Mary De Chesnay commented with a $100 donation:
about 7 years ago
In memory of Lt. Col.Joseph F. Scheuerman, a WWII horse soldier who loved the charity that connected Jason with Axel.
Joe Friday commented:
about 7 years ago
This is a very worthy project. I am sharing this with my friends and asking them to share it as well.
Amy Sleeman commented with a $40 donation:
about 7 years ago
Great project Ansley!
Laura Elledge commented with a $20 donation:
about 7 years ago
We dogs support service dogs for vets too!!! Wish I could be a service dog too but I love Ansley too much to leave her!!
George & Carol Garrow commented with a $35 donation:
about 7 years ago
Best wishes on a great project.
Stacey Tatroe commented with a $100 donation:
about 7 years ago
God bless our veterans.
Laura Elledge commented with a $50 donation:
about 7 years ago
Proud of you Ansley!