A Guy With a Service Dog needs HELP

$670 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 13 months
David Russell  LOUISVILLE, KY

My name is Russell Claxon, and I am living my life with PTSD. Every day is a struggle, yes, but I am past the point of giving up. It is something to which I have become accustomed, something that has become as normal as waking up and falling asleep. Still, I do need a hand sometimes. A service dog would increase my quality of life exponentially and make it easier for me to get through every day. I need this. I know that the impact would be tremendous.


 Right now, I am turning to you, GoFundMe, for help raising $5,000. This money would cover costs of training, a dog vest, vet bills, shots, food, and other supplies. Your contributions will make a world of difference in my life. Thank you for your time. I do appreciate it.
I have recently gotten a Service Dog named, Bandit. The dog is trained to help me alleviate emotional difficulties (PTSD) and helps to embrace my ability to live independently. The dog helps me to spend time outdoors, wakes me up when I am having nightmares, and alerts me to potential danger.
I meet the definition of disability under the ADA and the FHA.
"Living with PTSD is not very much like living at all. You wake up in the middle of the night, your ears ringing, sweating from the fever nightmare from which you’ve awoken, a shaky mess.The days are no better, filled with dread and loathing and fear at every unexpected noise, sometimes even the expected noises, trigged by so much, comfortable with so little. It’s the type of torture that I imagine would be effective in getting a prisoner to give up hope. “He’s not breaking,” one guard might say, and the other would respond, “Stick him in the PTSD machine then. That will do the trick.” PTSD would always be the last resort. There’s nothing like it."

                 

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Update 9
Posted by Rev Russell Claxon
2 months ago
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Still need money to cover costs of more training, vet bills, shots, food, and other supplies.

If you can help then thank you. If you can not please share.
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Update 8
Posted by Rev Russell Claxon
10 months ago
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Here is a pic of Bandit in the donated vest. Thanks DL for giving such a useful gift.
The Vest that was donated to Bandit.
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Update 7
Posted by Rev Russell Claxon
10 months ago
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This is how the money has been spent so far. There are things I brought too. I still need over 2700 for the training.

I brought a bag of food out of my own money
I brought a bed ['17.88] and flea drops ['4.86]

the 30.00 that was added by me was vest that someone donated.

400.00 was to pay a train for the start of training.

450.00 was donated

37.40 was the fees you charge

412.96 was the total amount that was transferred to my account

I got a day from a rescue and the 125.00 fee was waived.

I brought a harness that was 14.95

after the dog training i had left 12.96
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Update 6
Posted by Rev Russell Claxon
11 months ago
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I am still $4550.00 for my goal.
But good news I found a dog and she is pretty. She comes obedience trained and will still need the PTSD training. I will post a picture of her once I meet with her and the rescue on Wednesday. The cost for the dog is $300.00. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
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$670 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 13 months
Created February 17, 2016
KS
$50
Kailyn Stelzer
9 months ago
$50
Anonymous
9 months ago
$90
Anonymous
10 months ago(Offline Donation)
$30
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10 months ago(Offline Donation)
CH
$100
Chauncey Hiestand
12 months ago
AT
$100
Alex Thomas
12 months ago
JE
$25
Jeremy Eaton
12 months ago
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$25
Eric Wood
12 months ago
$200
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