Doc's Airborne Acres
Organized by: Shaun Kisor
My wife is combat medic Army Sgt. Sarah K. Becker she served 15 months from April 2007-July 2008 on the Eastern boarder of Afghanistan near Jalalabad, Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Special Troops Battalion. While deployed she suffered from two mild traumatic brain injuries after 2 of the 3 IED explosions she was in. She lost 3 close close frieds during the last 2 months of their deployment. Then in October, 2010 she received the message that her best friend Army Sgt. Brian Joseph Pedro had been killed in action while serving on his second tour of duty. After leaving active duty in 2010, she returned home but that would not be the end of her nightmare. She became a shut-in, turned to alcohol to drown the pain and memories of the horror she experienced. Any trip into a store or crowded venue would cause her to panic. She could not leave her home without severe anxiety. She was diagnosed with PTSD depressive anxiety disorder and TBI during her deployment. It seemed like she would never be able to enjoy any of the things she used to enjoy prior to her deployment.
Her Mom realized she was losing her daughter after leaving active duty and bought a rescue horse which was theraputic for Sarah.
Then in June 2012 she received her service dog Zaria. Zaria has changed her life. Soon after we brought Zaria home from Operation Wolfhound Sarah began to improve. She was slowly able to gain her independence and now two years later she is able to do many of the things she used to do before her service.
That is why she started Doc's Airborne Acres Service Dogs and Equine Therapy. She wanted to help her friends and fellow Veterans regain their independence and be able to enjoy life again. Too many of her friends have comitted suicide because they don't know how to deal with their PTSD. So, in January 2014 She began training service dogs for other veterans. We have placed two dogs since January and currently have 3 dogs in training. We are working on getting our non-profit status and finalizing details for our Equine program but all of these things require funding. Up until now we have paid for everything out of our own pocket and worked with volunteers and responsible breeders who have donated their dogs.
The service dogs we train and the Equine therapy is at no cost to the veterans. The veterans are required to stay with us while they learn to bond and train with their new service dog. We provide meals and lodging for them and their families, as well as transportation during their training.
We started this fundraiser because we need help in order to meet the needs of our veterans. 2 million veterans served in Afghanistan and Iraq alone. 400,000 have been diagnosed with PTSD and 22 veterans a day commit suicide.
Thank you for your prayers and support our veterans despirately need our help.
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