SAVE VETERANS FROM PTSD WITH DOGS

$13,216 of $30k goal

Raised by 215 people in 27 months
Wendy Meyers   PLAINFIELD, IL
Our son, our proud Marine, CPL Brandon Meyers carried demons back from his 2 long tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He battled, like a good Marine, for 3 years after retiring home. Then, despite his promise to us, he gave up. He died by suicide June 28th, 2013. He was only 25.

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:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/07/16/horror-of-ptsd-puts-one-marine-mom-on-a-mission-of-mercy/

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.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/21/us/22-veteran-suicides-a-day/
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Update 21
14 days ago
Tomorrow is our ANNUAL CAR SHOW FUNDRAISER! Its time to Come out and support!! If you cant make it, please consider a donation! WE CAN SAVE LIVES! NO RAIN!! Tomorrow July 17 At the Foundry 85 Executive Dr, Aurora, IL 60504 By the Fox valley/Westfield mall. 10am to 2pm Lots of prizes.. And this year a SILENT AUCTION for some great signed items from our sports stars!! THANK YOU!
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Update 20
1 month ago
Annual car show coming up!! Mark your calendars July 17th at the Foundry in Aurora IL If you cant come out..please consider a donation! THANK YOU
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Update 19
2 months ago
Please consider a NEW donation. This weekend is hard for so many.. Ones who have lost someone to wars. We have had such success here helping so many Veterans. My fight for them is never over. We can do it. ANY amount adds up. God bless you all .. Missing my son more then ever.. HUGS
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Update 18
4 months ago
Please consider donating.. The money has gone to help so many Veterans!! WE HAVE saved lives!! We need to continue and pick up where the VA drops them. God bless you.
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Christopher Raya
22 months ago
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Mrs. Meyers, please add me as a friend on Facebook and send me a message. I would love to talk to you. I'm a veteran myself.

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Colleen Carroll
24 months ago
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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.

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Abel Rodriguez
3 months ago

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

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Kent Dougherty
12 months ago

Hello, I am the manager of Noodles in Hyde Park. I have a container I would like picked up. It has donations in it.

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David Green
14 months ago

"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.

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Carolyn Mitchell
18 months ago

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.

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Ty Keller
21 months ago

Semper Fi! RIP Brother. Lcpl. Keller

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Diane Calahan
24 months ago

If his Mother ever needs someone to talk to she can contact me on FB. I lost a son to suicide, so this breaks my heart!

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$13,216 of $30k goal

Raised by 215 people in 27 months
Created May 7, 2014
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Anonymous
13 days ago
KK
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Klaus Family Klaus
13 days ago

Looking forward to seeing you soon at the Car Show. Rachel and Rhonda

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LT
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Laura Testerman
14 days ago
$25
Karen Kobza
1 month ago
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Thinking of you Brandon and missing you so much!

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Cretella Family
1 month ago
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Jenny Tracey
1 month ago
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Anonymous
1 month ago
LH
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Laurie Hussey
2 months ago

Thank you for Brandon's service and God Bless this mission to help others.

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Victoria Hohlfeld
2 months ago

Thinking of your family today. ♥

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Anonymous
2 months ago
Christopher Raya
22 months ago
1
1

Mrs. Meyers, please add me as a friend on Facebook and send me a message. I would love to talk to you. I'm a veteran myself.

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Colleen Carroll
24 months ago
1
1

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.

+ Read More
Abel Rodriguez
3 months ago

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

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Kent Dougherty
12 months ago

Hello, I am the manager of Noodles in Hyde Park. I have a container I would like picked up. It has donations in it.

+ Read More
David Green
14 months ago

"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.

+ Read More
Carolyn Mitchell
18 months ago

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.

+ Read More
Ty Keller
21 months ago

Semper Fi! RIP Brother. Lcpl. Keller

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Diane Calahan
24 months ago

If his Mother ever needs someone to talk to she can contact me on FB. I lost a son to suicide, so this breaks my heart!

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