I have combined military service of 22 years 9 months and 22 days. I had two tours over seas to include one in an "immediate danger zone" and the other in a "combat zone." On 16APR07 I was wounded in Mosul Iraq from an IED and spent the last two years at WOMACK Army Medical Center Fort Bragg, NC undergoing medical treatment. I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury and was eventually diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other medical issues. The Army medically discharged me in June 2009.
I received my service dog Bomber from Patriot Paws Service Dogs (Veteran Based Only), 254 Ranch Trail Rockwall Texas 75032 on 22APR16. Bomber is a full mobility and PTSD service dog.
Bomber hurt his left rear knee chasing a rabbit one night this past summer. There was no indication he hurt himself until the next morning when he couldn't get up. I thought he sprained it or something. It finally got to the point to seek further medical attention on 18SEP19 at Animal Surgical Center in Flint Michigan. Bomber was x-ray'd and it was determined he had a Cruciate Ligament Tear in left rear knee that requires a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) in the estimated cost range above $4,000.00.
Patriot Paws Service Animals has removed my service dog Bomber from service dog duties so there's no further damage to his knee. After the surgery on 09JAN20 Bomber will need 8 weeks for recovery period after which when he's able to fly (drive) we'll return to Patriot Paws for Bombers service dog retaining/Boot Camp since he'll need it from being out of service for so long.
Ever since getting Bomber he is continually denied his service dog benefits from the VA. All his vet care falls on me which it should.
The cost of the surgery, meds to follow, transportation to rehab, Airline ticket to Patriot Paws Service Animals Rockwall Texas for approx 2 weeks, rental car, and other expenses are needed so I estimated the cost. The surgery funds are need by 09JAN20 and the other funds needed 8 weeks after the surgery.
Bomber is a life line...he fills my empty house. He loves me unconditionally. He knows my PTSD and will nudge me to redirect my attention. He's a gentle giant and I need his service.
Any donations are much, much appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to read this. He'll be back to his service dog duties soon!
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