Veterans Service Dog Quick Start-up Fund
(Above: Jay Thibodeaux USMC (ret.))
I started this fund for myself but since then I my financial situation has changed dramatically. So this is the start of phase two of my plan to create awareness and help veterans that are in the same position that I was in.
My Goal is $4,000.00
What was important was that this dog was the one I wanted and that I chose. As a young Soldier or Marine, you're trained to become great and you're built from the ground up.
$4,000.00 is a high goal but this is why I selected that range.
I have matched what was originally donated to me and I'm giving myself a year to find other veterans in need starting 5/21/2014.If by that time I do not find any I will donate it to a chartiy that focuses on training dogs for Veterans only after they have been ceritifed that they themselves are leggitament charities.
For Veterans in need: Contact (email@example.com)
Proof of Service
Proof of Combat Service or Operations Conducted
Must Document all activities (such as receipts, training, Etc.)
Must be caring of animals
Funds will paid straight to the training group but MAY assist in purchase or adotion of dog.
Background: Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in April of 2004. Over the eight and a half years that I served in the Marine Corps was in the infantry and I was deployed three times overseas. From 2005-2008, I conducted combat operations with Weapons Company 2nd Battalion 8th Marines in Iraq and other operations in the Middle East. After my time in 2nd Battalion 8th Marines, I was a Combat Instructor at the School of Infantry West till I left active duty in August 2012. I'm currently going to school at LSU to pursue a B.S. in Business Management and I'm currently the President of the Student Veterans of LSU. We have made great strides in helping fellow Veterans with their transition to student. So far we have risen over $13,000.00 to help run the Veterans Center at LSU.
(Myself and Gunner)
We donated $500.00!!!! to help pay towards Marks Training and Paid $200.00 for me and Jay to start our training.
Also we started training yesterday and it was a good time. Next week I will have some pictures up. Thanks everyone for your support.
So Proud of you Nicholas! Thank you and all Veterans for you service. God Bless You All!
Other programs have had great success by adopting and training dogs rescued from shelters. This decreases the cost of the dog and leaves more money available for training and veterinary care. Is it possible that rescue dogs will become service dogs through your fund?
Nick - I cannot offer too much help as we are in Virginia, but my husband and I recently founded an organization called Fight for Freedom to help veterans obtain service dogs. I do not know some of the more complex tasks but I'd be happy to do an online video training to help with basics like brace or block.