SAVE VETERANS FROM PTSD WITH DOGS
CBS Chicago’s Brad Edwards did a wonderful tribute to our son. He asked me during our interview: "How is your heart?"
My answer: "Its dead.”
Here’s the story:
Brandon’s tormented mind led him to do ‘sniper duty’ on the roof of our home, and he’d wander our yard ‘securing the perimeter’. His boyhood dream of being a Marine became a nightmare. Yet the V.A. only offered him counseling sessions via teleconference and a concoction of antiquated drugs.
We’ve poured our broken hearts into research and found the highest degree of treatment success can come in the form of a constant companion — a dog, a service dog. Training these PTSD dogs is expensive, up to $15,000 each. In our son’s memory, we’d like to save lives, with an S. Our goal is to fund the training of two to save two lives. This proven method is *not* covered by the government.
100% percent of your money will go directly to this highly specialized dog training. I am currently working on getting the A 501(c) organization tax exempt status. Our foundation will be called "Bubba's Dogs For Warriors" Bubba was Brandons nickname from childhood that followed him through adulthood. Monies will be put into orginizations that train and GIVE these wonderful pets to a veteran free of charge.
Our pain is now a plan. Please help us help others.
On behalf of Cpl. Brandon Meyers, his father, mother, sister and the legion that loved him — God Bless You!
**Every hour, we lose a warrior to suicide.**
Estimates range from 22 to 35 a day. Our one is too many.
"the V.A. only offered him counseling sessions via teleconference and a concoction of antiquated drugs".............. That’s the problem, too much reliance on drugs and not enough on healing of the mind through psychiatric support and therapy. I can say from personal experience that it takes a permanent change and healing in one’s mind, not an alteration of it via psychotropic drugs which only lasts as long as they are used. After I came home from Iraq, I never sought treatment (didn't think I needed it) and my personal remedy was to suppress the memories, try to live like it never happened. This worked for a long time but it eventually caved in and I flipped clean out of my mind similar to what it appears he experienced. I still never sought professional help and it took a long time for me to be well again after that happened. I healed myself (with help from friends/family who know a thing or two about it) by simply learning how to deal with stress properly, fully facing and dealing with the reality of my experience and coming to peace with it. I’m not 100% the same as everyone else and no one can be after going through such an experience but permanent healing and a fulfilling life are possible. I believe I am an example of that and furthermore just look at the many older WW2, Korean & Vietnam War veterans who have done it after surviving much deadlier wars. That is the only real answer but until it is realized, stories like this will be all too common.
God Bless you. So amazingly selfless that in your time of loss and sorrow your focus is on preventing others the same pain you face. Sincere sympathy on the loss of your son and from the bottom of my heart thank you to him for his service. I realize that will never be enough and I pray that our government will stop failing the brave men and women who step up to not only defend our country but go into hostile lands to try and improve life for innocent foreign citizens. I pray that you feel Bubba with you every day as you do this work. Thank you.
This story is very touching, Its a shame its repeated throughout our country over and over.Just wondering if you know that many soldiers are using an african root called Iboga with amazing success. It has been featured on the news and joe rogan did a show about it also. They take one pill one time. you can go to youtube and see many vets talking about how iboga has helped them.Many countries have made it legal to use . Check out the many clinics available(not in the usa) I own a center with a staff of three doctors. We specialize in the use of iboga.I may be able to work something special out for you if you research the info and decide its something you would like to try. I am not trying to sell you anything. I am offering you a free session. The average price in other clinics for this is anywhere between four thousand to ten thousand dollars.Here is our site.http://www.naturestreatmentcenter.com/treatment-team/ contact me if you would like to discuss this further. Best Regards. Abel
The way we treat our physically and emotionally devastated service men and women when they come back is a national shame. And one veteran every hour gives up, unable to deal with the pain that those of us who haven't served cannot even fathom. Think about that statistic. It's overwhelming, Another vet gave up as I composed this. And bless the Meyers family for trying to bring something positive from the most awful experience a parent can endure.
Hello, I am the manager of Noodles in Hyde Park. I have a container I would like picked up. It has donations in it.
Semper Fi! RIP Brother. Lcpl. Keller